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.

Concepts, Processes and Values

Concepts, Processes and Values
Concepts, processes and values

Introduction to Section 1: Concepts, Processes and Values

The practice of social work–in all its forms–is framed by a variety of external contextual factors and processes, as well as being underpinned by theoretical concepts and value positions. For many social professionals these relate primarily to the national or ‘domestic’ situations in which they operate. However, in considering international social work (in the various forms suggested in Chapter 1), we must explore issues and processes evident in the wider geographical context of the world and consider the concepts and values which have international recognition and salience. In relation to values, two in particular have overarching significance for the roles and activities of social professionals (whether operating locally or at international ...

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