This book analyses the role of war and violence (in both its physical and symbolic forms) for social work in a time of neoliberal globalisation from a social justice perspective. It argues that the consequences of wars, in both their old and new forms, and the exercise of symbolic violence for the practices of social work at national and global levels have been ignored. This work explores the relationship between recent neoliberal and global transformations and their consequences for intensifying ’new wars’ and conflicts in non-Western countries on the one hand, and the increasing symbolic violence against marginalised people with immigrant and non-Western background in many Western countries, on the other. The analytical approach of the book, based on the theories of multiple modernities and symbolic violence, is unique since no other work has applied such theoretical perspectives for analysing inequalities in relation to the condition of lives of non-Western people living in Western and non-Western countries. This is a necessary contribution for social work education and research since the discipline needs new theoretical perspectives to be able to meet the new challenges raised by recent global transformations and neoliberal globalisation.
’Through masterful critical scholarship Masoud Kamali brings together discourses on war, violence, racism, xenophobia, geopolitics, multiple modernities, neoliberalism and biopolitical policing. Post-colonial theorizations are deftly interwoven to evidence unequal power relations, socio-economic disparities, the human costs of war, and powerful dynamics of othering, and the implications of these for critical and radical social work pedagogy, research and practice. Persuasive reading!’ Vishanthie Sewpaul, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa