Autonomy and dependence

Grimwood, Tom (2017) Autonomy and dependence. In: Payne, Malcolm and Reith-Hall, Emma, (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Theory. Routledge International Handbooks . Taylor & Francis (Routledge), London, UK. Item availability may be restricted.

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This chapter suggests that while autonomy has been upheld as an important value for social work historically, there has often been a lack of specificity as to what autonomy means, and how it differs from similar terms such as independence, freedom of choice, and so on. Beginning from the Kantian view of autonomy, the chapter tracks how the inherent ‘untidiness’ of the concept within social work practice maps on to its theoretical development, and how the theoretical and practical tensions within relational, procedural, dialogical and agential autonomy call for a more clearly articulated, and contextually nuanced, account of autonomy within social work theory.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISBN: 9780415793438
Departments: Health and Society Knowledge Exchange (HASKE)
Depositing User: Tom Grimwood
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 15:52
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2023 11:16
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