Title

Case to Cause: Back to the Future

Additional Authors

Sherraden, Margaret S.

Publication Date

7-8-2016

Summary

This article reopens the historic debate about the roles of micro and macro practice in social work and encourages the profession to find ways to achieve a better balance between case and cause in education, practice, and research. To this end, it traces the history of the case versus cause debate including conceptual frameworks for rebalancing social work education: Bertha Capen Reynolds, C. Wright Mills, and William Schwartz, highlights three alternative approaches for resolving the dualism put forward over the years; separation, merger and interconnection; and identifies four model that help to bridge the gap by taking both the individual and the social structures into account: ecological, financial capabilities, trauma theory and oppression. This historical analysis offers promising directions for the social work profession as it tackles 21st–century social challenges, including growing inequality and austerity–driven public policies.

Document Type

Article

Category

Financial Inclusion

Subarea

Financial Capability

Original Citation

Abramovitz, M., & Sherraden, M. S. (2016). Case to cause: Back to the future. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(Suppl. 1), S89–S98. doi:10.1080/10437797.2016.1174638

Project

Financial Capability and Asset Building

Keywords

financial capability, financial capability practice, social work education, Council on Social Work Education, curriculum, education, financial social work

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