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Trajectories of social justice within social stratification: towards a Bourdieusian reading of social class for social workers

Author: Susan Flynn1
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  • 1 Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, Ireland
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Vies towards social justice in the social work academy and elsewhere have too frequently been imprecise, rhetorical and definitionally opaque. This article pursues a rigorous and theoretically exact treatment of the matter of social class for social workers, towards presenting set parameters for operationalising social justice. The research base of the article is social stratification scales drawn from the social sciences, upon which a bespoke and composite conceptual frame is applied. Within this, the Bourdieusian theory of capital, extended and applied within Bonnycastle’s relational illustrative model of social justice, supports both an economic and non-materialist reading of class. The intention is to assist social workers in understanding and therefore contesting social class inequality, towards creating a more egalitarian and socially just society.

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  • 1 Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, Ireland

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