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.

Social Work, Religion, Culture and Spirituality

Social work, religion, culture and spirituality
Micheal L.Shier and John R.Graham

Introduction

At present, most social work scholarship on religion and spirituality is in relation to specific cultural groups, or national contexts; less frequently do we see these topics as distinct subjects of international social work (taken here to mean primarily, social work practice in environments outside one's country, of citizenship, or specialist forms of trans national practice). Thus, early in the chapter, we provide the reader with an overview of the concepts of religion, spirituality, and culture in broader scholarship, and then in social work.

First, we provide the reader with definitions of the way the terms religion, spirituality and culture are used in this chapter and the way in which each ...

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