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Seeking Social Good: A Life Worth Living: Getting Educated Volume 1 - Getting Educated

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John Lawrence

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Seeking Social Good is a wide-ranging autobiography of the career, life and times of Australia’s first professor of social work, and pioneer social policy scholar. It is well-organised, carefully referenced, and enlivened by the author’s photographs. The work is organised into 6 volumes – ‘Getting Educated’, ‘A Career Under Way’, ‘Working in Australia’, ‘Living and Working Overseas’, ‘Working with International Organisations’, and ‘Disengaging from Work and Later Life’. Each is substantial and is worth reading in its own right, as well as being integral to the whole story. ‘Later Life’ in the final volume is told largely through the author’s photos. The opening volume of the autobiography of the career, life and times of Australia’s first professor of social work, and pioneer social policy scholar. The foundation of the author’s learning and social and cultural awareness came during his early years – from his birth in a country town in South Australia in 1931 at the height of the depression, to 1956 a decade after the end of the Second World War. Originally from Victoria, his parents settled in Adelaide in 1935 where their three children were educated at a state primary school and private secondary schools, and the University of Adelaide. At university he combined an honours degree in history and political science with a professional diploma in social work, a rare choice at the time for a male straight from school. As 1953 South Australian Rhodes Scholar, he read PPE (philosophy, politics and economics) at Magdalen College in Oxford. His fiancee Patricia Berry accompanied him overseas, sharing Rhodes House activities and holiday touring experiences in Europe, England and Scotland, while living in Oxford.

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