Section 1. - Critical social work as a means of promoting social change

Critical social work, sometimes called activist, radical, progressive, antioppressive, reformist or “other” social work is a perspective which has the promotion of social change deeply rooted in its very essence. Its conception of social change goes far beyond the conceptions in “traditional” branches of social work. The fundamental assumption is that social problems originate on the level of macro-social structures (social, economic, political and cultural). Social work should stand on the side of the people oppressed by those structures and its ultimate ambition should be a complete social transformation overcoming oppression, injustice, dominance and exploitation of people. The objective of this section is to discuss the bases of critical social work in the critical theory and critical tradition of social work and its implications for the principles, approaches, methods, practical experience and limits of various branches of critical social work, including radical, structural, feminist, anti-racist, antioppressive, transnational or postmodern social work.