Social Work in a Global Context: Issues and Challenges

1st Edition

George Palattiyil, Dina Sidhva, Mono Chakrabarti

Published August 20, 2015
Reference - 332 Pages
ISBN 9780415536073 - CAT# Y137259
Series: Routledge Advances in Social Work

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Social Work in a Global Context engages with, and critically explores, key issues that inform social work practice around the world.

Social work can take many forms, and is differently understood in different parts of the world. However, at base, it can be seen as a profession which strives to advance the causes of the vulnerable and marginalised with the aim of promoting social justice, equality, and human rights. This text provides examples of social work in a wide range of countries, informing our understanding of what social work is. It looks at how practice changes or stays the same, and at the impact of policy, as experienced by service users as well as by practitioners working in challenging circumstances. It also meaningfully reflects on the strengths and challenges that are enabled by diversity.

Divided into four parts, this wide-ranging text discusses:

 - what social work means in four different countries

 -some examples of the impact social and political context can have on social work practice

 - how social workers see and work with the vulnerable

 - the future for social work, from disaster work to involving service users.

Social Work in a Global Context is the first truly international book for all those interested in comparative and cross-cultural understandings of social work.

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