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.

Childhood and Youth in International Context: Life-Course Perspectives

Childhood and youth in international context: Life-course perspectives
LetnieRock, JeffKarabanow and KathleenManion

Introduction

Notions of childhood and youth are social constructs that vary across cultures and time. Regardless of how they are defined, children and youth constitute significant populations for social work in most communities. Encapsulating the vast array of perspectives on the subject is difficult and in this brief chapter we only provide an introduction.

Children's early physical dependency is unquestionable, but as they begin to make sense of the world around them their realities are shaped by their immediate environment, their families, their local communities and, increasingly, by forces which operate on a global level, such as climate change, migration or access to resources. Family, invariably intertwined with the ...

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