Social Work Management Practice, 1917–2017: A History to Inform the Future

  title={Social Work Management Practice, 1917–2017: A History to Inform the Future},
  author={Michael J. Austin},
  journal={Social Service Review},
  pages={548 - 616}
  • M. Austin
  • Published 1 December 2018
  • Sociology
  • Social Service Review
This historical analysis presents a retrospective of the evolution of social work management practice as reflected in textbooks and selected articles over the past 100 years. One of the major venues for codifying practice can be seen in the textbooks of different eras. Management practice and community practice evolved in a parallel process. In a similar manner, the evolution of direct practice and management practice reflected an expanding interdependence that continues to shape the present… 
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