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 Field of Conflict and Postconflict Reconstruction: Background and Issues

The Field of Conflict and Postconflict Reconstruction: Background and Issues

The field of conflict and postconflict reconstruction: Background and issues

History is replete with accounts of wars between the members of various types of social groupings, wars usually fought by the warriors or soldiers of the opposing groups, with differing proportions of civilian casualties and varying degrees of destruction of property and environment. In addition, empires such as the Greek and Roman embarked on the invasion and conquest of territories, seeking bounty and slaves. The age of imperialism also resulted in a high level of conflict. Then, in recent centuries in Europe and increasingly elsewhere, wars between nation-states became a familiar phenomenon, with increasing numbers of civilian deaths and destruction of property and infrastructure as ...

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