Social work in the face of collapse

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This article starts from the position that while generally unacknowledged in the mainstream academic literature, some degree of ecological and societal collapse is inevitable over the next few decades. Hence, social work has a responsibility to steward the future of our profession to support solidarity under what seems likely to be a situation of fracturing state capacity for social care provision in what will likely remain a neoliberally informed global hegemony. The argument is made that the activist ethos of community development will be essential to social work’s moral integrity in the future in resisting becoming an oppressive instrument of state control in a degrading environmental context.

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