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Anti-discriminatory Practice 3rd ed (British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Practical Social Work) [Paperback]

Neil Thompson
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2 July 2001 British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Practical Social Work
This new edition of this text incorporates new debates and developments in the theory and practice of anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive social work, as well as many new references and a new preface by the author. Building on the success of previous editions in its clarity, breadth, concision and applied focus, it offers a starting point and refresher for students and practitioners alike.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 3rd Revised edition edition (2 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333963911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333963913
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Neil Thompson is an author, trainer and consultant whose work is highly acclaimed across the people professions. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities, but now works with Avenue Consulting Ltd: The Well-being Specialists and Avenue Media Solutions, providers of high-quality multimedia learning resources ( He also manages the Avenue Professional Development Programme, an online learning community for the people professions.

He was responsible for setting up the, and websites and edits the free monthly e-zine, THE humansolutions BULLETIN ( He is also a sought-after conference speaker. His website, with a blog and Tip of the Week, is at

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'Undoubtedly, Anti-Discriminatory Practice remains an important text for us all.' - British Journal of Social Work --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Contents: Preface to the First Edition - Preface to the Second Edition - Acknowledgements - Introduction - The Theory Base - Gender and Sexism - Ethnicity and Racism - Ageism and Alienation - Disability and Social Handicap - Other Sources of Oppression - Conclusion - Bibliography - Index --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars This is only a place to start 2 May 2007
If seriously considering anti-oppressive or discriminatory practice, perhaps it should have been called an introduction to anti-oppressive or discriminatory practices.

As a result I dont believe that criticisms of epistemological analysis and comparisons with A level sociology are fair, infact I think they indicate the sympathies of the previous reviewer and sociology has really moved on from the epistemological discussions and philosophical debates of Hobbes, Locke et al.

I would say that there are much more interesting and illustrative examples of discrimination, power and oppression in James C Scott's Domination and the Arts of Resistance, however Thompson's model of oppression occuring at the personal, cultural and structural levels should be a spur to further thinking and investigation.

I have only given it three stars since it can only really serve as an introduction to the topic, its written, in the style of the staple of social work practitioner texts, which is less than compelling, has little or no narrative style and reads a lot like DVD player instructions or the continually circulating body of knowledge in all the paper exercises social services training units have invented.

It doesnt tackle the issues of discrimination or oppression of professionals contra other professionals or agencies, which David Howe did in an earlier book which may be out of print now, it does make it appear like oppression is easily defeated and doesnt at all have the health warning that this sort of thing really ought to be accompanied with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality 22 April 2014
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Needed the book for my study and this was a great price the quality of the book was also great
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality! 20 Jan 2014
By Quavers
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This book provides a detailed approach to anti-disciminatory practice. It was helpful in the understanding of this topic, however the language is very professional and a little hard to understand sometimes. Still worth getting though!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A shocking piece of Right WIng Propoganda 26 Mar 2013
By replacing class with "Social Structure", Thompson removes the political conundrum of ever having to address the inequalities of capitalism contribution to the very conditions needed for the existence of Social work. Beautifully depoliticized, class though acknowledged as "significant" is skipped over while every other social divisor is given a chapter each. Brutal and Blatant piece of Hegemonic thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 4 Mar 2012
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I have found this book very interesting and informative. It has also led me to other relevant materials which I have bought. I recommend this book to anyone researching anti discrimination studies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for student social workers 5 Aug 2011
By Gordy D
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Bought this book to support my degree course in social work. Have used it for references many times in essays/course work/ reflective accounts. I would reccomend this book and say it is one of the essential books to have in your reading list!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for a first year! 20 Nov 2009
As a first year Social Work Student, this was on our reading list and we were strongly advised to purchase a copy. It covers all the major topics within ADP and has been a massive help so far in just getting my head around some topics.
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