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An Applied Approach
Through the framework of understanding health inequalities as a 'wicked problem' the book develops an applied approach to researching, understanding and addressing these by drawing on complexity theory.
This text makes sense of the multiple ways in which urban issues and problems have been addressed in different places at different times. From initiatives that focus on social tensions within the urban realm, to those which seek to develop cities as economic entities, it provides an accessible discussion and critique of some key approaches.
Theory and Practice
Written by an experienced author and widely respected academic, this valuable book asks whether the planning system is to blame for the frequent criticism it receives and discusses the ways in which management theories, tools and techniques can be applied to planning.
Perpetuating a Distorted Vision?
Essential reading for students, this book uses a problem based learning approach through the application of case studies to explain the transformation agenda and the implications for adult health and social care.
Packed full of images, case studies, reflection points, this accessibly written textbook is designed to introduce undergraduate students on social science courses to the science behind the brain.
An Introduction to Critical Criminology offers an accessible introduction to foundational and contemporary theories and perspectives in critical criminology which introduces students to theories and perspectives about the causes of crime, and the operation of the criminal justice system.
Learning from the Past
An important contribution to topical debates about social work education and the identity of the profession, drawing lessons from the recent history of social work to identify how and why it has lost its privilege and influence.
Making a Difference
This comprehensive, accessibly written resource, is designed to help students and practitioners explore partnerships in creating, contributing, consuming, commissioning or critiquing evidence in and for social work practice.
This unique and topical companion provides expert analyses that explore the interface between criminal justice and mental health. It consolidates scholarly analysis of theory, policy and practice and practical debates, in addition to the theoretical and ideological concerns surrounding risk assessment, treatment, control and management.
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.
An essential introduction for all those interested in how policies can address environmental problems, bringing together economic, sociological and social policy perspectives.
An International Approach
This is the first book to explore the public policy process through 19 contributions from diverse scholars from all over the world, using empirical material to demonstrate how many of the key theories and concepts may be applied to its analysis.