Critical Theory In Social Work

Social work is a profession that is practiced within the confines of an organisation and the task that social workers carry out are defined by the nature of this organisation (Hughes & Wearing, 2013). They further explain that social work is an active, engaged and reflective profession that skilfully uses interpersonal communication, interaction, ethical and political tactics and change strategies to initiate and sustain positive social processes and outcomes for clients of human service organisations (Hughes & Wearing, 2013).Whereas, management is organisation and coordination of the activities of a business in order to achieve defined objectives (“Management,” n.d.). Good management is required to achieve profit, increase market share or…show more content…
However, considering organisational needs, goals energy and culture it makes the sense that our organisation’s structure rather explains the Flux and Domination, which is constantly changing responding to the internal and external factors. Hughes and Wearing (2013) argue that under the critical theory, organisations are constantly shaping their structure depending on the force and power within and externally around the organisation. Organisation is in a highly sensitive mode in the context of economy and political environment. Over the past two years our organisation mainly focused on environmental factors. Literature further argues that critical theory can include neo-Marxist, political, economy and feminist versions that emphasise relationship between the organisation and dominant groups, and the way this shapes organisational processes (Hughes & Wearing, 2013). Female dominated management structure in our organisation reflects what literature explains, which is mainly female in management mixture of male female in subordination. I believe all human service industry is dominated by feminism as most of social workers and other professional need deal with people’s emotions. Hughes and Wearing (2013) discuss about female dominance organisation in human services claims to be more caring and nurturing that is a common belief in our agency as well. However, I have proved that it is not necessarily the case as majority of my client tale is women. Like the other metaphors, flux and domination organisational structure can challenge social workers (Hughes & Wearing, 2013). Specially, female dominance organisation can be challenging and failed to engage when it comes to broader external environment such as political and economic. So having gender balance in management positions as well as other staff should be a priority in our organisation. The
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