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Face-to-face: Social work and evil

Humphrey, Caroline



The concept of evil continues to feature in public discourses and has been reinvigorated in some academic disciplines and caring professions. This article navigates social workers through the controversy surrounding evil so that they are better equipped to acknowledge, reframe or repudiate attributions of evil in respect of themselves, their service users or the societal contexts impinging upon both. A tour of the landscape of evil brings us face-to-face with moral, administrative, societal and metaphysical evils, although it terminates in an exhortation to cultivate a more metaphorical language. The implications for social work ethics, practice and education are also discussed.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 2, 2015
Journal Ethics and social welfare
Print ISSN 1749-6535
Electronic ISSN 1749-6543
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 35-49
APA6 Citation Humphrey, C. (2015). Face-to-face: Social work and evil. Ethics & social welfare, 9(1), 35-49 .
Keywords Evil, Social work, Controversy, Philosophy, Metaphors
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Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethics and social welfare on 17/10/2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline...80/17496535.2014.968179


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