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.

Globalization and the Global Era

3 Globalization and the global era

The scale and intensity of international activities has increased exponentially in recent times, and today the world’s nation states and their citizens are affected by global forces to a greater extent than ever before. Today, people easily use the Internet to communicate with friends, colleagues, and relatives abroad, travel to other countries, and are better informed about international events. Although people in the cities of Western countries experience these effects to a greater degree than those living in rural communities in the developing nations, globalization is affecting people’s lives everywhere as they are exposed to the global media and subject to international economic trends. In addition, the world’s nations are becoming more interdependent as ...

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