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.

Key Issues for Social Work Internationally

Key Issues for Social Work Internationally
Key issues for social work internationally

Introduction to Section 3: Key Issues for Social Work Internationally

These eight chapters constitute the core of this handbook and cover key issues for social work internationally, presenting analyses of social work theories, policies and practices in relation to the different aspects of welfare in which social workers are engaged. As such, they cover a wide range of areas concerning poverty, health, education, social justice, environmental concerns, spirituality, disasters and political conflict.

Akimoto and Sungkawan (Chapter 12) consider the connections between social work, economic conditions and livelihoods. The protection and promotion of people's livelihood is a key issue for social work–including, crucially, improving the economic conditions of the very poor–although in practice this has been mainly ...

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