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 Theories, Research/Methods and Practices: Critical Perspectives and New Challenges

Social work theories, research/methods and practices: Critical perspectives and new challenges
HarjeetBadwall and NardaRazack

Introduction

The spread of social work has been historically mired in colonisation and whiteness. This situation is still evident through the ways in which the exportation of knowledge and practice continues alongside the perpetuation and dominance of Western knowledge production and consumption. Developing an understanding of the origins of social work theory allows us to be critical, informed and creative in the project of transforming and applying critical concepts, ideas and methods in our work within our different contexts (Healy, 2005). In this chapter we seek to contribute to the crucial project that the profession of social work is currently undertaking–that of focusing ...

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