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The radical turn of Portuguese social work during the democratic transition (1974–76) (2019)

Silva, Pedro Gabriel (2019). The radical turn of Portuguese social work during the democratic transition (1974–76). Critical and Radical Social Work, 7 (1), 7-23. DOI: 10.1332/204986018X15401200796926

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All authors or editors: Silva, Pedro Gabriel

Journal or series: Critical and Radical Social Work

ISSN: 2049-8608

eISSN: 2049-8675

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 7

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 7-23

Publisher: Policy Press

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1332/204986018X15401200796926

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67213


The transition to democracy in Portugal in the 1970s provides the socio-historical background for this article. It focuses on the period of 1974–76, known as the revolutionary phase, when a series of progressive political programmes, forms of direct democracy, collective mobilisation and widespread grass-roots initiatives emerged in the aftermath of the dictatorial regime. The experiences of Portuguese social workers in the aforementioned revolutionary vanguards will be compared and interpreted by using the radical social work approaches that sprang up in the UK and US at the time. Ten in-depth interviews with social workers involved in radical intervention during the revolutionary phase will be compared to the key tenets of the radical social work literature of the 1970s.

Keywords: activism; direct democracy; social work; social workers

Free keywords: Portugal

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Reporting Year: 2019

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