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Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, socialist, anti-imperialist ... and social worker?

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Sylvia Pankhurst was a well-known Suffragette from the period prior to the First World War. It is less well known that she was also a socialist activist, an anti-racist and a founding member of the British Communist Party. However, can we consider her a social worker? This piece looks at Sylvia's early life and argues that her radical welfare interventions between 1912 and 1917 mark her out as a pioneer of radical social work interventions
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Keywords: ANTI-ASSISTENTIALISM; COMMUNITY WORK; CONSCIENTISATION; POPULAR SOCIAL WORK; RADICAL SOCIAL WORK

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2017-11-01

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