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.

Globalisation and Indigenisation: Reconciling the Irreconcilable in Social Work?

Globalisation and indigenisation: Reconciling the irreconcilable in social work?
LenaDominelli

Introduction

Social work enhances human and environmental well-being by delivering appropriate services and advocating for change in the interests of people and planet earth. Expressed locally, nationally and internationally, this remit links practitioners to humanity's highest ideals and is reshaped constantly under pressure from: professionalisation; public expectations; service users’ demands; political and socioeconomic forces; and interactions across local–global borders. Social workers utilise the theories and practice of a heterogeneous profession to provide services in specific geographic localities; advocate for the well-being of peoples excluded by social divisions, such as age, gender, class, ‘race’ or ethnicity; critique policies that limit access to social power and resources; and control deviant populations. ...

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