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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.
Chapter 1: Poverty, War and Welfare
Poverty, War and Welfare
The relationship between checks and balances on the one hand and reliance on the rule of reason on the other is the Da Vinci Code of American democracy.
—Al Gore (2007: 215).
Human acquisitiveness and pugnacity must have been pivotal in waging wars. The reasons of war have not changed much ever since territoriality manifested itself as a primary motivation for human strife. Ideologies and their rationalized versions played havoc with people who lost battles and belongings. The origins of slavery, inequality and poverty perhaps lie deep in human psyche. Structural–environmental forces might have driven the innate demons to wider and deeper control and power to institutionalize the inequality as the basis of hierarchized social organization.
Hegemonies of ...