KEY FEATURES: A focus on international collaboration in social welfare includes the way social policymaking is becoming increasingly internationalized through the efforts of multi-lateral organizations and the willingness of national governments to collaborate on international initiatives. A sensitivity to cultural diversity discusses the realities of global social welfare. An in-depth overview of the role of families and communities, nonprofits and faith-based organizations, commercial providers, professional social workers, and governments in social welfare addresses the local and international efforts to enhance social well-being. A balanced approach to controversial issues details the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives. An extensive knowledge and use of the latest bibliographic references in the field exposes readers to key research and theory.

The Field of International Social Welfare

1 The field of international social welfare

This book defines international social welfare broadly to include a great variety of practical activities that promote social wellbeing around the world. The term is also used to refer to the academic study of these activities. As mentioned in the book’s introduction, practical activities, which are known as interventions, include policies, programs, services, and projects. These interventions are implemented by different agents in the context of culturally embedded institutions. The field’s second aspect, namely the academic study of international social welfare, is concerned with documenting, classifying, analyzing, and evaluating these activities. Scholars have also developed theories that explain how welfare institutions evolve and function in different societies, and in addition to studying ...

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