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Title: A profession with dual foci: Is social work losing the balance?
Author(s): Tsui, Ming Sum 
Pak, Michael Chui Man 
Author(s): Yan, M.-C.
Chu, W. C. K.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: China Journal of Social Work 
Volume: 5
Issue: 2
Start page: 163
End page: 172
Individual and social are the two foci of the mission of change that drives the social work profession. This dual-focus provides not only a cultural mechanism by which the profession can negotiate its professional boundaries but the flexibility for the profession to adjust its focus when its social assignment changes. However, the uncritical pursuit of a full-fledged professional status within a neoliberal ideology is upsetting the balance of these two foci and may weaken the long term adaptability of the profession.

DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2012.680943
CIHE Affiliated Publication: No
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