Is equity just enough for social work? A response to those who think it is!

Solas, John (2008) Is equity just enough for social work? A response to those who think it is! Australian Social Work, 61 (2). pp. 146-149. ISSN 0312-407X


Before offering a response to what I take to be a central question posed in my paper and the responses to it, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Richard Hugman and Jim Ife for their insightful and penetrating comments and the Editor for the opportunity to extend the discussion of my paper. Nevertheless, it seems that the latter's views are more in keeping with my own than those of the former. Although I do not wish to minimise the points of departure made by both respondents, I will focus on Hugman's because these appear to be more distant than either Ife's or mine.
In so doing, I want to make it clear that my critique is directed at the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Code of Ethics (AASW, 2002), not those who, along with Richard Hugman, participated in drafting it.
There are two fundamental criticisms I wish to make in response. The first concerns the value of social justice. I argue that although social justice is a cardinal social work value, it ought to be accorded priority, rather than remain one that is relative to others. The second contention is that although the pursuit of equity has merit, it is not, even in its most complex formulations, just enough.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2008 Australian Association of Social Workers. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2014 05:38
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 05:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: code of ethics; egalitarianism; equality; equity; social justice; values; utilitarianism; Australia
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940116 Social Class and Inequalities
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940502 Professions and Professionalisation
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/03124070801998418

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