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.

The Middle East: Expanding Social Work to Address 21st Century Concerns

The Middle East: Expanding social work to address 21st century concerns
SaharAl-Makhamreh and KathrynLibal1

Introduction

This chapter introduces important trends in social work professionalisation, social work education, and social work practice and research in the Middle East. The authors underscore that while some countries in the region have developed a social work profession that resembles many other countries globally, social work is still in its nascent stages of development and efforts to indigenise or localise practice in many contexts remains a vital arena of work. Discussion of social, economic, and political processes, such as urbanisation, economic globalisation, migration, armed conflict in some countries, and demographic trends that signal a boom in the number of youth in most ...

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