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 Latin America

Social work in Latin America
MahiaSaracostti, TalyReininger and HenryParada

Introduction

Latin America can be defined as a heterogeneous region with a diversity of populations and social problems. The continent has been marked by common histories of colonialism, imperialistic interventions, dictatorship, and violations of human rights and striking levels of inequality within and between countries. In this chapter, we attempt to explore social work as a discipline, education and practice in the region. We understand the concept of Latin America as a suitable expression that covers social, national and regional complex and diverse realities (Esquivel, 2000).

Description of the Region

Main Demographic Features

Central America is the tapering isthmus of southern North America, extending from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico south-eastward to the Isthmus of ...

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