Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Committee Member

Satish Sharma

Number of Pages



The contemporary philosophical landscape, which affects the fields of philosophical endeavor and the ways power is framed, is described. The covert manner these influences effect social work practice is made more visible through the use of ethically oriented decision making patterns; Ways that authority and discretion are used and abused, and abusive decision-making, are described making them easier to recognize and mitigate. Knowledge of current and potential ways that social power operates provides social workers tools in promoting the goals of empowerment and uncovering and enhancing clients' strengths; Finally, a public sphere within which a reflective social work practice could operate, using concepts generated by other members of a social science public, addressing the interplay of power and ethics, is delineated.


Foundations; Philosophical; Power; Practice; Social; Work

Controlled Subject

Social service; Social sciences--Research

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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