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, Political Conflict and Displacement

Social work, political conflict and displacement
ShulamitRamon and Reima AnaMaglajlic

Introduction

At the 2010 conference of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and the International Council of Social Welfare (ICSW), there were presentations from Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Israel, Palestine, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe. Each of these countries has either been directly involved in a recent political conflict and displacement resulting from it, or has been impacted by a conflict that has originated in another country. Yet in only two of these presentations were issues of political conflict and displacement identified as relevant to understanding the specific country and social work in that ...

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