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.

Life-Course Perspectives

Life-Course Perspectives
Life-course perspectives

Introduction to Section 4: Life-Course Perspectives

Chapters in this section consider the specific roles and challenges for social workers working with populations around the globe at different stages throughout the life course. The section is introduced by an in-depth perspective on the diversity of ‘family’ across different time, social, economic and cultural contexts. Following from this, the next chapters explore the different meanings, roles and dilemmas associated with three specific stages of the life course: childhood and youth; adulthood; and old age. Each chapter discusses the implications of changing global and local contexts for social work activities relating to the needs and characteristics of particular populations.

Life-course perspectives have interdisciplinary roots, particularly in developmental psychology and sociology. Elder et al. (2004) suggest that five ...

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