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Social media and the digital revolution have fundamentally changed the meaning of “social” and “work.” Social work, like all other professions, will undergo dramatic changes as apps and algorithms overtake human operations. The failure of social sciences in general and social work in particular warrants thoughtful innovations that ensure sustainable services.

The World of Welfare
The world of welfare

What is happening is the discovery (or rather, rediscovery) of nature as an ally in the struggle against the exploitative societies in which the violation of nature aggravates the violation of man. The discovery of the liberating forces of nature and their vital role in the construction of a free society becomes a new force of social change.

—Herbert Marcuse (1972: 59).

Thomas D. Watts, an eminent professor of SW, introduced his book with the first chapter entitled ‘Introducing the “World” of Social Welfare’ (1990). His ‘world’ 27 years ago marked the beginning of an end. Social welfare, as he and his co-editors designed, represented different countries where social policies and social services embodied social programmes to ...

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