The history of welfare in Greece has always reflected the wider socio-political context and has been characterised by unjust policies which promote social divisions. In the present day market-driven criteria have resulted in extensive cuts to welfare services. Reflecting on welfare’s historical evolution and social work’s responses in Greece, this chapter provides insights into the profession’s pivotal position in the formation and maintenance of unjust welfare practices as well as its potential to promote a more just welfare state. It discusses the profession’s limited role in public dialogue and policy making and how in times of oppression social work too has participated in the reproduction of social inequalities. Based on the emancipatory values of the profession, the chapter indicates the urgent need for social work to transform welfare structures and institutions based on anti-oppressive action, an approach not conventionally taught within social work education. Although focussed on the Greek context, the discussion has contemporary relevance for other European or international states too facing legacies of historical injustice and current economic austerity.
|Title of host publication||Austerity, social work and welfare policies|
|Subtitle of host publication||a global perspective|
|Editors||Antonio Lopez Pelaez, Emilio Jose Gomez Ciriano|
|Place of Publication||Spain|
|Publisher||Thomson Reuters (Professional)|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Jun 2019|