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 5: Regional Perspectives
The last section of this handbook presents regional perspectives from around the world. Although there is a substantial consensus that social work is a global profession, it is mostly rooted in the local. Local unique features of social work education and practice make it challenging and complex to understand the profession at a global level as a universal and all-encompassing entity–which it is not. In an interdependent world, a global perspective may be necessary, and it does provide a synoptic picture. However, it is further necessary to focus on particular aspects of that picture and enlarge them for better understanding. In this final section we shift the focus from a global social work picture to seven regions ...