Dr Ken McLaughlinSenior Lecturer

My key research areas are in social change and social policy developments particularly as they affect social work, social workers and social work's clientele.

Specialist Areas

Mental Health
Practice and policy
Social Work

Editorships and Consultancies

Reviewer - British Journal of Social Work
Reviewer - Practice: Social Work in Action

Research Outputs

Authored Books

McLaughlin, K. (2016) "Empowerment: A critique", London: Routledge

McLaughlin, K. 2012. "Surviving Identity: Vulnerability and the Psychology of Recognition", London: Routledge. url: http://www.psypress.com/surviving-identity-9780415591218

McLaughlin K. 2008. "Social Work, Politics and Society: From Radicalism to Orthodoxy". Policy Press, Bristol.
isbn: 978-1-847420-44-2 url: https://www.policypress.org.uk/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=10099&products_id=1408

Book Chapters

McLaughlin, K. (2015) "Politics as Social Work: The micromanagement of behaviour in the new millennium", in Palattiyil, G., Sidhva, D. and Chakrabarti, M. (eds.) Social Work in a Global Context: Issues and challenges, London: Routledge

McLaughlin, K. and Cordell, S. (2013) "Doing what's best, but best for whom: Ethics and the mental health social worker" in Carey, M. and Green, L. (eds.) Practical Social Work Ethics: Complex dilemmas within applied social care, London: Ashgate

McLaughlin, K. (2013) "Social Work", Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology, Springer Reference

Journal Articles

Al-Hakami, H. and McLaughlin, K. (2016) "Debateable Marriages: Marriage and Child Marriage in Saudi Arabia", Marriage and Family Review, advance access online

McLaughlin, K., Leigh, J. and Worsley, A. (2016) "The State of Regulation in England: From the General Social Care Council to the Health and Care Professions Council", British Journal of Social Work, vol.46, no.4, pp.825-838

Wagner, B. and McLaughlin, K. (2015) "Politicising the psychology of social class: The relevance of Pierre Bourdieu's habitus for psychological research", Theory and Psychology, advance access online

McLaughlin, K. (2015) "Advocacy research and social policy: Action for Children and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children as case studies", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol.35, issue 3/4, pp.239-251

McLaughlin, K. (2014) "Recognising Social Work: The Influence of the Politics of Recognition on Social Work", Practice: Social Work in Action, Vol.26, Issue 5, pp.299-312

McLaughlin, K. (2014) "Empowering the people: 'empowerment' and the British Journal of Social Work, 1971-99", Critical and Radical Social Work, vol. 2, no.2, pp.203-216

McLaughlin, K. (2012) "Book Review of Dalal, F. (2012) Thought Paralysis: The Virtues of Discrimination (London: Karnac Books), Practice, vol.24, pp.269-271

McLaughlin, K. (2012) "La psicologizacion y la construccion del sujeto politico como un objeto vulnerable", Teoria y critica de la psicologia, Vol. 2, 3-18
ISSN: 2116-3480

McLaughlin K. 2010. "The Social Worker versus the General Social Care Council: An Analysis of Care Standards Tribunal Hearings and Decisions" British Journal of Social Work, vol.40 no.1, pp.311-327
issn: 0045-3102 doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcn136

McLaughlin K. 2010. "Book Review of Harris, J. and White, V. (eds.) (2009) Modernising Social Work: Critical Considerations" British Journal of Social Work, vol.40 no.1, pp.337-338
issn: 0045-3102 doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcp145

McLaughlin K. 2010. "Control and Social Work: A reflection on some twenty-first century developments" Practice, vol.22 no.3, pp.143-154
issn: 0950-3153 url: http://pdfserve.informaworld.com/361823_731218442_924585751.pdf

McLaughlin K. 2010. "Psychologisation and the Construction of the Political Subject as Vulnerable Object" Annual Review of Critical Psychology, vol.8, pp.63-79
url: http://www.discourseunit.com/arcp/arcp8/arcp8mclaughlin.pdf

McLaughlin K. 2007. "Revisiting the Public/Private Divide: Theoretical, political and personal implications of their unification" Practice, vol.19 no.4, pp.241-253
issn: 0950-3153 doi: 10.1080/09503150701728178

McLaughlin K. 2007. "Regulation and Risk in Social Work: The General Social Care Council and the Social Care Register in Context" British Journal of Social Work Advance Access, vol.37 no.7, pp.1263-1277
issn: 1468-263X doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcl079

McLaughlin K. 2005. "From Ridicule to Institutionalization: Anti-oppression, the State and Social Work" Critical Social Policy, vol.25 no.3, pp.283-305
issn: 0261-0183 doi: 10.1177/0261018305054072

McLaughlin K. 2004. "Stressing Vulnerability: Stress Discourse in the Public Sector" Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, vol.4 no.4, pp.223-232
issn: 1471-7646

McLaughlin K. 2003. "Review of M. Saks (2003) Orthodox and Alternative Medicine: Politics, Professionalization and Health Care" Journal of Interprofessional Care, vol.18 no.1, pp.89-95
issn: 1356-1820 doi: 10.1080/13561820410001639415

McLaughlin K. 2003. "Agency, Resilience and Empowerment: the dangers posed by a therapeutic culture" Practice, vol.15 no.2, pp.45-58
issn: 1742-4909

McLaughlin K. 2003. "Identities: Should We Survive or Surpass Them?" Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, vol.3 no.1, pp.48-58
issn: 1471-7646

McLaughlin K. 2001. "Fear, Risk and Mental Health: Observations on Policy and Practice" Practice, vol.13 no.3, pp.55-64
issn: 1742-4909

Research Reports

McLaughlin K., Appleton J. 2010. "Carers or Suspects: CRB Checks and the Regulation of the Caring Professions" for Manifesto Club.
url: http://www.manifestoclub.com/files/CarersOrSuspectsReportScreen.pdf

Conference Presentations

McLaughlin, K. (2013) "Advocacy Research in the Age of Austerity: Competitive claims making and implications for social policy and social work", Research Institute for Health and Social Change 9th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK, 4-5 July

McLaughlin, K. (2011) "The degraded subject of Social Work", University of Sheffield, 9 November
Available at: http://www.shef.ac.uk/socstudies/research/seminarabstracts/mclaughlinseminar

McLaughlin K. 2010. "We're All Depressed Now: Redefining Mental Illness in a Therapeutic Era" at: Birmingham Salon/University of Birmingham.
url: http://www.birminghamsalon.org/events.html

McLaughlin K. 2009. "The Perils of Political Social Work: Who gains when the personal becomes political?" at: Grasping the Nettle: Addressing Conflicts in Social Work Practise'. St Andrew's Healthcare, Northampton.
url: http://www.stah.org/events/grasping-the-nettle.html

McLaughlin K. 2009. "Are We Overprotecting Children?" at: Kingston University.
url: http://www.instituteofideas.com/events/overprotectingchildren.html

McLaughlin K. 2008. "Surviving Identity: The rise of the survivor in a political and social context" at: Qualitative Research and Mental Health conference. Tampere, Finland..

McLaughlin K. 2008. "Risk and the Social Worker: from assessor of risk, to at risk to a risk" at: International Sociological Association, Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty conference. Barcelona, Spain.

McLaughlin K. 2008. "Social workers - PC do-gooders or progressive radicals?" at: Battle of Ideas. London, England.
url: http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/index.php/2008/session_detail/1176/

McLaughlin K. 2007. "Reforming Mental Health Legislation in England: The social context of a mad affair" at: Social Work and Mental Health conference. Hong Kong, China.

McLaughlin K. 2007. "Workplace Stress: medical epidemic or all in the mind?" at: Battle of Ideas. London, England.
url: http://www.battleofideas.co.uk/C2B/document_tree/ViewACategory.asp?CategoryID=31#stress

Ken McLaughlin

Research Centre

Social Change & Wellbeing


Social Work & Social Change Dept
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 2472105

Fax: 0161 2476844

Email: k.mclaughlin@mmu.ac.uk