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Social Work with Rural Peoples

by (author) Ken Collier

New Star Books
Initial publish date
Jan 1993
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2006
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1993
    List Price

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Social workers choosing to work in smaller towns or rural communities face a different set of conditions and concerns from their city colleagues. Ken Collier wrote his now?classic text Social Work with Rural Peoples, for those social workers, whether they are just starting out or already in the field.

The gist of Collier's genuinely radical book is that for the rural social worker to be effective, she must be able to identify with the struggles of the people she is trying to help — that trying to maintain "professional", " objective" distance will merely ensure that the social worker becomes part of the problem rather than part of the solution. For the social worker in a smaller community, "Whose side are you one?" is the most important question to be answered before any effective work can be done.

It is an indictment of the slow pace of progress against the societal problems facing rural populations that a third edition of Social Work with Rural Peoples is necessary.

About the author

Ken Collier, a former social worker who hails from Saskatoon, SK writes extensively on the government's involvement in social policy and social spending within the global economy. He has taught for 30 years in La Ronge, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and at the University of Regina, and most recently at Athabasca University. He is now retired.

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