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A rapidly growing number of social workers are expressing a deep interest in and strong concern for global situations adversely affecting the well-being of millions of people. Such situations include global poverty, widespread conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, and the large population of displaced persons, and vulnerable and marginalized groups within them. Increasingly practitioners from several professions are actively involved in addressing these issues at local, national and international levels. This book aims to encourage and inform such involvement by drawing together the practice wisdom gradually emerging within the broad scope of international social work practice. Utilizing an integrated perspectives approach incorporating global, human rights, ecological and social development perspectives, the text is designed to prepare social workers, human services professionals, development practitioners and others who desire to play significant roles in responding to modern global challenges that are critical to the well-being of people, communities, nations and ultimately of us all. The book contains a number of useful pedagogical elements, including: • Clear learning objectives • Summary tables in the text • A brief summary of the chapter at the end • Learning exercises and questions • Possible research areas • Recommended reading • A glossary for the whole book New to this edition will be many updated references and content. Two new chapters, new cases in every chapter, and more.
Chapter 1: International Social Work
International Social Work
In this chapter, we introduce the concept of social work, especially from the global perspective. A general understanding of how social work has evolved, and continues to evolve, and has spread globally is central to assessing the current and future roles of social work as a global profession. We then introduce our definition and understanding of international social work, for it is that aspect of social work, and the international field within which it operates, that is the topic of this text.
The topic of social work will require no introduction to the majority of readers, but before moving to consider social work as a global profession and our definition of international social work, it may be useful to ...