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Social work by Wolfgang Schröer, Lothar Böhnisch

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3Coping with Life as a Social Pedagogical Concept

In view of this, if any concept of social work is to be theorized and applied in the second modernity, it needs to be able to make sufficiently informative statements on four interlinked levels:

–Firstly, it must be able to elucidate (in the sense of “perception”, see Müller, 2007) how, on different levels of social action and on an everyday basis, clients cope with critical or paradoxical situations in life which often involve a spiral of psychodynamic elements.

–Secondly, it must be possible to develop prospects for social work interventions and forms of support which engage with these different levels of action.

–Thirdly, it is important to adjust the social horizons of social work conceptually ...

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