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James Midgley provides a broad overview of social welfare, outlining key institutions, terminology, historical research, and approaches. He also details reasons for the existence of international social welfare and the challenges that arise from it. The author includes an important section on applied international social welfare that addresses the concerns of practitionersùconcerns that have been neglected in much of the literature in the field. An entire section of the book is devoted to issues of social work practice, social development, the activities of international agencies, and their collaborative efforts. While practical application is an important focus of the book, several chapters deal with key theoretical debates in the field. The author also includes descriptive chapters that provide comprehensive accounts of world social conditions and social welfare institutions. As a textbook on international social welfare, Social Welfare in Global Context is primarily intended for students and practitioners of social work, social administration, and social policy. But it is also relevant for students of sociology, public policy, and economics.

Social Welfare Around the World
Social welfare around the world

Unlike the previous chapter, which described social conditions around the world, this chapter discusses social welfare activities in different countries. As was shown in Chapter 1, these activities are organized around several major social welfare institutions. It is by focusing on these institutions that a comprehensive account of social welfare around the world can be provided. Different social welfare institutions have emerged in different parts of the world over the years to promote people's welfare. The sum of all the activities that promote human welfare may be called social welfare effort. Although this term has been used in the past to refer to government expenditures on social programs, it can also be used to connote all ...

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