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Social work as the bearer of the processes of social justice and inclusion in Slovenia - theoretical, methodological and methodical perspectives and historical development

Research activity

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

Code Science Field
S214  Social sciences  Social changes, theory of social work 

Code Science Field
5.04  Social Sciences  Sociology 
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (9)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  08531  PhD Srečo Dragoš  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2014 - 2017  849 
2.  50574  PhD Emanuela Fabijan  Culturology  Junior researcher  2017  25 
3.  04575  PhD Vitold Flaker  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2014 - 2017  764 
4.  35394  PhD Gašper Krstulović  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2014 - 2017  50 
5.  25842  PhD Jana Mali  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2016 - 2017  796 
6.  16069  PhD Mojca Urek  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2014 - 2017  566 
7.  27997  PhD Petra Videmšek  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2016 - 2017  315 
8.  00317  PhD Darja Zaviršek  Criminology and social work  Head  2014 - 2017  1,147 
9.  23048  PhD Jelka Zorn  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2014 - 2017  265 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0591  University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Social Work  Ljubljana  1627147  10,227 
The scientific design of the research work of the program group in social work is grounded in the following social sciences theories and concepts which constitute a frame for theoretical and applicative research: theory of ‘good life’ and service user participation; theory of autonomy and autonomous social politics; bio-power, bio-politics and bio-sociability; concept of deinstitutionalisation; theory of social justice with a focus on redistribution and recognition justice. New theoretical findings will serve theories of social work and social sciences, which must – in the critical social eras – respond to completely new social challenges in ethical ways and for the benefit of people. In such social conditions the role of social work is to analyse the effects of lowering the level of social rights, to develop cohesive social models as alternatives against impoverishment and destitution and to create concepts of independent communities and survival strategies outside state and economic monetary frameworks. Research work of the program group will base in comparative, historical, critical and discursive methods of social sciences research. Comparative approach will be used to situate the different social processes in the global context (context of the EU, wider Eastern Europe and the world) and for comparing specific legislations and international documents in specific fields. Historical approach will be applied to historicise social phenomena in a longer time period. Critical and discursive methods will be used to reflect the collected data, documents and other materials – both qualitative and quantitative. For fostering original scientific findings, qualitative social sciences research methods will be used: grounded theory, action (and activist) research with elements of advocacy (Freire’s method), participant observation and ethnographic research. For collecting data we will use narrative and biographic method, life trajectory method, half-structured interviews and focus groups. The possibilities for implementation of results in practice are the following: establishment of a network of coordinators of social welfare services, active deinstitutionalisation as foreseen in the Slovenian national social welfare programme and the European financial perspective; planning and implementation of a sustainable system of long-term care and long-term care insurance; planning and implementation of direct financing of social welfare services; linking of social work with social movements; realisation and finding possibilities for sustainable community alternatives, empowerment of the voice and personal perspective of users of health care system and changes in the field of family politics.
Significance for science
The proposed research plan constitutes an epistemological breakthrough for social work as a social sciences discipline as well as other social sciences. 1) In Slovenia, there is lack of research and debates on which concept should be used as grounds for social politics as the key element of (constitutionally guaranteed) welfare state. Therefore an analysis about what are appropriate social politics would contribute to an essential shift in the development of science in the aforementioned field and would contribute to the social integration on the system level. 2) 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. The research programme will strengthen 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. 3) 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. 4) An important contribution to science are also the analyses of linking of social work with new social movements, strengthening of the social power of service users, bridging social barriers for new emancipation and inclusion of people into the community. 5) New theoretical insights will strengthen the science, which is grounded in strong ethical basis (solidarity, inclusion, justice and democracy), which must in critical social periods provide answers to completely new societal challenges in ethical ways and for the benefits of people.
Significance for the country
- introduction of network of coordinators of social welfare services - to put deinstitutionalization on the Slovene national social welfare agenda and European financial perspective - planning and introductions of sustainable long-term care system and insurance for long-term care - planning and introduction of direct payment of social welfare services  - finding solutions for sustainability of community care alternatives, empowerment of users of social and health services - changes in the field of family policies and laws, especially in the area of social parenthood status and tighter state intervention in the field of transnational adoptions.   This means reorganization of welfare services towards deinstitutionalization and planning of social welfare service according to the needs and wishes of their users. This would bring the implementations of goals listed in the United Nation Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which was signed and ratified by the republic of Slovenia in 2008.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2014, 2015, 2016, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2014, 2015, 2016, final report
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