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.

The Global Context of International Social Work

The global context of international social work


Whether working locally or internationally, social workers who desire to be tuned into international social work require a clear sense of the global context within which all such practice occurs. This is especially true when working in, or with regard to, developing countries, but is increasingly true in all countries, whatever their stage of development. This global context will play various roles in relation to practice and the practitioner. At times it will represent the operational context within which the worker is employed, containing both the employing agency and the organizational network of which that agency is a part. At another level, the global context, or some aspects of it, will ...

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