Social work and the two cultures: the art and science of practice

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/621887
Title:
Social work and the two cultures: the art and science of practice
Authors:
Cornish, Sally
Abstract:
- - Summary Recent explorations of the nature of contemporary social work, tending to differentiate managerial and techno-rational practices from ‘real’ relationship-based interventions, are suggestive of there being an art and a science of social work, echoing Snow’s argument in his ‘Two Cultures’ lecture of 1959 about the especially English tendency to damaging divisions in academia. The concept, and the dangers Snow identified, are revisited and applied to social work in this theoretical article, with the science of practice being located in evidence-informed approaches and its art in relationship-based work. - Findings Social work has long incorporated approaches which draw on the strengths of the humanities and science ‘cultures’ respectively, and recognises what each has to offer; it may also be considered to some extent as belonging to a ‘Third Culture’, along with other applied fields. Common to any culture, however, as applied within the profession, must be its ethical base. - Applications As Snow noted, polarity between art and science can lead to common ground being lost which in social work may ultimately disadvantage service users. The professional value base provides the basis for a ‘social work culture’ as long as this is not itself divided by unconstructive schisms.
Citation:
Cornish S (2016) 'Social work and the two cultures: the art and science of practice', Journal of Social Work [in press].
Publisher:
SAGE
Journal:
Journal of Social Work
Issue Date:
19-May-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/621887
DOI:
10.1177/1468017316649355
Additional Links:
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1468017316649355
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1468-0173
Appears in Collections:
Applied social sciences

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dc.contributor.authorCornish, Sallyen
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-16T10:57:55Z-
dc.date.available2016-12-16T10:57:55Z-
dc.date.issued2016-05-19-
dc.identifier.citationCornish S (2016) 'Social work and the two cultures: the art and science of practice', Journal of Social Work [in press].en
dc.identifier.issn1468-0173-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1468017316649355-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/621887-
dc.description.abstract- - Summary Recent explorations of the nature of contemporary social work, tending to differentiate managerial and techno-rational practices from ‘real’ relationship-based interventions, are suggestive of there being an art and a science of social work, echoing Snow’s argument in his ‘Two Cultures’ lecture of 1959 about the especially English tendency to damaging divisions in academia. The concept, and the dangers Snow identified, are revisited and applied to social work in this theoretical article, with the science of practice being located in evidence-informed approaches and its art in relationship-based work. - Findings Social work has long incorporated approaches which draw on the strengths of the humanities and science ‘cultures’ respectively, and recognises what each has to offer; it may also be considered to some extent as belonging to a ‘Third Culture’, along with other applied fields. Common to any culture, however, as applied within the profession, must be its ethical base. - Applications As Snow noted, polarity between art and science can lead to common ground being lost which in social work may ultimately disadvantage service users. The professional value base provides the basis for a ‘social work culture’ as long as this is not itself divided by unconstructive schisms.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGEen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1468017316649355en
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.subjectsocial worken
dc.subjectart of social worken
dc.subjectcreativityen
dc.subjectknowledgeen
dc.subjectscience of social worken
dc.subjectpolarityen
dc.subjectrelationship-based practiceen
dc.subjectsocial work historyen
dc.subjectL500 Social Worken
dc.titleSocial work and the two cultures: the art and science of practiceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Social Worken
dc.date.updated2016-12-15T13:35:14Z-
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