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 in Southern and Eastern Asia

Social work in Southern and Eastern Asia
ManoharPawar with the assistance of Ming-sumTsui

Introduction

After introducing the unique features and socio-economic-political background of Southern and Eastern Asia, this chapter discusses the current status of social work in the region in terms of its development as a profession, social work educational models, practice patterns and research. It also looks at what can be done to initiate social work education and practice in areas where it is most needed. We argue that, despite references to social work as a global profession (e.g. Healy, 2001; Hugman, 2010), it has not yet become local in Southern and Eastern Asia and that it needs to be. The current issues and needs, as well as socio-economic-political developments, ...

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