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This article addresses the paucity of social work political biographies by suggesting a novel approach of combining constructivist grounded theory and biographical inquiry methodologies as a recommended way of exploring the neglected field of social work political biographies. Both approaches have their roots in the democratic turn in social sciences research in the 1960s, which should increase their appeal to radical social work researchers. Political biographies of social workers are increasingly important at a time of neoliberal hegemony and the desire to see more social work politicians (Gwilym, 2017). It is hoped that the article will help to generate further interest in the neglected field of social work political biographies and encourage other researchers to engage with this field.


  • neoliberalism, Political biographies, Grounded Theory, Political Social Work
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-214
Number of pages12
JournalCritical and Radical Social Work
Issue number2
Early online date23 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

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