Vulnerability: Questioning the certainties in social work and health

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Vulnerability is a policy and practice concept which is often ascribed a fixed meaning with universal connotations. In this article, different conceptualizations of vulnerability are examined. It is argued that this exploration militates against the erosion of self-determination and autonomy and revitalizes working relationships between service users and professionals.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-484
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009