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Social work as the leading discipline for the promotion of social inclusion and social justice in Slovenia – theoretical and methodological foundations

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.07.00  Social sciences  Criminology and social work   
5.03.00  Social sciences  Sociology   
5.09.00  Social sciences  Psychology   

Code Science Field
S215  Social sciences  Social problems and welfare, national insurance 
S216  Social sciences  Care and help to handicapped 

Code Science Field
5.09  Social Sciences  Other social sciences 
social justice, social inclusion, mental health in community, independent living, disability studies, interdisciplinarity, anthropology of health, gender studies, social work with families, antiracist social work, critical social work, user perspective, welfare state
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (7)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  04243  PhD Gabrijela Čačinovič-Vogrinčič  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2009 - 2013  787 
2.  08531  PhD Srečo Dragoš  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2009 - 2013  825 
3.  04575  PhD Vitold Flaker  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2009 - 2013  740 
4.  35394  PhD Gašper Krstulović  Criminology and social work  Junior researcher  2012 - 2013  47 
5.  16069  PhD Mojca Urek  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2009 - 2013  543 
6.  00317  PhD Darja Zaviršek  Criminology and social work  Principal Researcher  2009 - 2013  1,091 
7.  23048  PhD Jelka Zorn  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2009 - 2013  244 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0591  University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Social Work  Ljubljana  1627147  10,176 
Significance for science
Research results constitute an epistemological breakthrough for social work as a social sciences discipline as well as other social sciences. An accelerated development of specific topics and theoretical concepts transgressing classical limits of individual scientific disciplines is characteristic for the academic social work in the recent years, encouraging a tight inter-disciplinary cooperation between law, medicine, economy, geography and social work. Research results have strengthened such inter-disciplinary cooperation in science on applicative fields, such as: life-world of service users, social work methods, organizational forms of social welfare services, models of social politics and disability studies. It is vital for the development of science, that social sciences critically analyse – from the perspective of service users - the achievements of technologically highly developed fields, such as medical reproductive technologies, frequently used among social work users (poor, disabled persons, women). These individuals often become – as some trends show – the object of genetic testing, selective abortions, gestational reproduction in the poor parts of the world, such as Eastern Europe and Asia. Technological progress without in-depth ethical considerations about individual’s autonomy, self-determination, informed consent, quality of life and more equality, can lead to human rights violations, societal regression and deepening of inequalities.
Significance for the country
The research group's activities in the fields of theory, practice, and legislative changes in Slovenia focused on the following areas: a) reconceptualising the "new poverty"; b) reconceptualising long-term care for people with long-term disabilities (with an emphasis on a shift from institutional practices to the individualized planning of care); c) reconceptualising the notion of family, with an emphasis on analyses of social parenthood and social assistance; d) critical analysis of constructions of otherness, equality and dignity; e) historical analysis of models of the welfare state. Researchers were actively engaged in public debates on social and political transformations and offered critical review of proposed legislative changes (Family Bill, Public Finance Act, Exercise of Rights to public Funds Act, Financial Social Assistance Act, Long-term Care Bill). In public debates the meaning of the social question was brought in focus by the researchers of this research project. Going without solutions, there is a risk to severely marginalize economically vulnerable population and would eventually lead to dezintegration of the Slovene society. There is an assumption that social and political crisis are inevitable and unsolvable; this research project is important for Slovenia for overthrowing such assumptions by giving a constructive critique of the social policies and practices currently implemented by the Slovene government. Therefore an analysis on appropriate social politics could have contributed to an essential shift in the development of governmental policies seeking the social integration on the system level. An important contribution to development in Slovenia were the analyses of linking social work with new social movements, empowerment of service users, bridging social barriers for emancipation and inclusion of people into the community. New theoretical discoveries have strengthened the social science in Slovenia, which is grounded in strong ethical basis (solidarity, inclusion, justice and democracy), which must in critical periods provide answers to societal transformations in ethical ways and for the benefits of people.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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