Social work and Marxism: a short essay on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx

Author:
Paul Michael Garrett NUI Galway, Ireland

Search for other papers by Paul Michael Garrett in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close
Restricted access
Get eTOC alerts
Rights and permissions Cite this article

Marxism is frequently regarded in a disdainful and dismissive way in social work education. However, often drawing on Marx’s own words, this article argues that many of his focal ideas have continuing resonance for contemporary social work. Three key themes are briefly examined: Marx’s analysis of labour and working lives in a capitalist society; neoliberalism and the voraciousness of capital; and the role of the state and dominating ideology. Finally, the discussion will turn from theory to praxis, illustrating how practitioners and educators within the field of social work might endeavour not only to ‘interpret’ the world, but also to ‘change’ it.

Paul Michael Garrett NUI Galway, Ireland

Search for other papers by Paul Michael Garrett in
Current site
Google Scholar
Close

Content Metrics

May 2022 onwards Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 3228 1274 131
Full Text Views 296 110 34
PDF Downloads 365 176 60

Altmetrics

Dimensions

Critical and Radical Social Work
An international journal