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This book examines key sociological theories that have contributed to the understanding of the nature of social work, its organisation and delivery. It provides key sociological concepts and theories to help student social workers better understand the nature of their work and the social and political context within which they will be working. Taking a practical approach to social work, and focusing on the application of theory, the book also provides insightful discussions to important thinkers such as Douglas, Beck and Furedi, and how their ideas have direct relevance for understanding the risk averse nature of social work.

Globalisation and Social Work
Globalisation and Social Work

Globalisation has made a significant impact upon social work which has required social workers to think in different ways about the kind of social problems that they confront and the way in which social work organisations are structured. Globalisation, although a contested term, does contain several factors upon which most authors on the subject would agree:

  • an ever increasing connectedness between peoples, nations and continents;
  • a process that has culminated in significant changes to the economy and the politics of nation states;
  • changes in technological developments which have compressed time and space;
  • a mixing of peoples and their different cultures as populations move more easily around the globe.

The process of globalisation in parallel can be understood in terms of the development ...

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