An introduction to social work
An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work

2.2 Identity and identities

In the previous section you considered the importance of people’s individual biographies to an understanding of who they are. Such biographies play an important part in making us who we are. In this section you will explore some of the ideas that have contributed to social workers’ understanding of the concept and importance of ‘identity’. These ideas are all examples of the kind of knowledge or theory that informs social work practice.

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