Social work is a profession that is increasingly involved with issues which have a global dimension. This Handbook tackles the global/local aspect of social work in its various forms and interrogates the key concerns that societies are facing through an international lens. The contributors show that, with an appreciation of commonalities and differences, local practices and appropriate forms of international activity can be better developed.
Introduction to Section 2: Professional Contexts
Chapters in this section either locate social work as a professional activity in different contexts or analyse particular aspects of the profession. In Chapter 7, Malcolm Payne considers different political, organisational and professional discourses, which have created different forms of ‘social works’ in various countries, affected by local cultural and political values. These values–traditional, neo-liberal, socialist and social democrat–influence and shape social work identity and the value-base of the profession. To complicate this further, professional concerns based on biomedical, economic, legal, psychological and sociological discourses lead to further differentiation and emphases within social work. Consequently today the profession presents a range of perspectives around the world, including the generally accepted practice of social work itself, to social ...