Entrepreneurial social work and evidence-based practice can be understood as attempts on the part of their advocates to respond to both the economics and the politics of change. In this chapter we turn to another complex stream of social work theory and practice which, in some recently developed forms, claims to have also engaged with the ideas of change, presented in Chapter 5 as the challenges posed by contemporary theory. My use of the omnibus term critical practice refers to the many and varied heirs of a long tradition of radical social work. According to Powell (2001), critical practice has had an astonishing impact on the profession’s consciousness somewhat at odds with the actual numbers of people adopting it as their referred mode of practice.
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