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Education is at the heart of our mission to make a difference. Our goal is to support students’ learning with materials that foster understanding, confidence and skills.

We have a diverse and growing programme of textbooks and learning resources that are designed for Social Science courses at university and college level. We take pride in publishing quality content at affordable prices, and we cater to a wide range of learning styles in print and digital formats.

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Irish Social Policy

A Critical Introduction

This second edition of a highly successful textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to social policy in Ireland addressing a range of social policy topics of growing importance in contemporary Irish society including issues related to children, service users and groups, migration, ethnicity, sexuality and climate change.

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The community development reader

History, themes and issues

This unique Reader traces the changing fortunes of community development through a selection of readings from key writers.

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Radical social work in practice

Making a difference

This much-needed textbook provides a fresh understanding of the radical tradition and shows how it can be developed in contemporary social work.

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Understanding theories and concepts in social policy

This lively textbook, part of the successful Understanding Welfare series, helps us to understand policy, politics and practice. It combines an in-depth exploration of selected theoretical perspectives and concepts with a student-friendly format.

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Understanding inequality, poverty and wealth

Policies and prospects

This major textbook provides students with a critical understanding of poverty and social exclusion in relation to wealth, rather than as separate from it.

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Social policy for social welfare professionals

Tools for understanding, analysis and engagement

An indispensible guide to the basics of social policy aimed at students of social work and other welfare professions.

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SPSS Step by Step

Essentials for Social and Political Science

A logically ordered guide to analysing everyday problems, SPSS Step by Step is distinctive in being both easy to grasp and readable.

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Rethinking Community Practice

Developing Transformative Neighbourhoods

Combining re-examination of theory with practical tools and approaches, Chanan and Miller provide a new framework for local involvement strategy.

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Understanding Family Meanings

A Reflective Text

Understanding Family Meanings provides an overview of the basic concepts and theories related to families using readings with questions and analysis to encourage reflection and learning. It focuses on family meanings as the key underpinnings for academic study and professional training.

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Effective Writing for Social Work

Making a Difference

Drawing on both research and examples from practice, this book offers students an insight into the nature and challenges of writing in social work practice, enabling them to improve their writing skills.

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Critical community practice

This book provides a challenging approach to understanding community practice.It offers a much-needed theoretical perspective, setting out an analysis of power and empowerment and exploring new ways of understanding active citizenship.

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Key Challenges in Criminal Investigation

This comprehensive overview and critical analysis of the development and practice of criminal investigation examines decision-making within criminal investigations and links investigative influences on policing with the evidence-based agenda.

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