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International Social Work
Issues, Strategies, and Programs



October 2005 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"This well-written book will undoubtedly help those interested in working in the domain of international social work and social development. —SHORTER NOTICES

Global poverty, widespread conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, and the large population of displaced persons are just a few of the rising number of global situations that are adversely affecting the well-being of millions of people. Practitioners from several professions are deeply concerned about these issues and are becoming increasingly active in addressing these matters at the local, national, and international levels.

International Social Work: Issues, Strategies, and Programs draws together the practice wisdom emerging within the broad scope of international social work practice. Using an integrated perspectives approach, which incorporates global, human rights, ecological, and social development perspectives, authors David Cox and Manohar Pawar prepare readers to actively respond to modern global challenges that are critical to the well-being of people, communities, nations, and ultimately to all of us.  

Key Features 

  • Provides an integrated perspectives approach to international social work and social development practice to give readers alternative theoretical frameworks not found in other books
  • Focuses on the experience of teaching and practicing international social work, rather than reflecting on the field
  • Includes tables, chapter summaries, learning exercises and questions, possible research areas, and recommended readings to prompt critical thinking and classroom discussion  

This book is designed to teach international social work practice to students and practitioners at all levels. International Social Work is an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses in Social Work and Development Studies as well as an excellent resource for social workers, human services professionals, and development practitioners.  


 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
Ch 1. International Social Work
Social Work

 
The Global Spread and Organization of Social Work

 
International Social Work

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch 2. The Integrated Perspectives Approach to International Social Work
Introduction to the Integrated Perspectives Approach

 
The Global Perspective

 
The Human Rights Perspective

 
The Ecological Perspective

 
The Social Development Perspective

 
The Integrated Perspectives Approach as a Whole

 
The Integrated-perspectives Approach and Existing Social Work Theories

 
The Application of the Integrated Perspectives Approach to International Social Work

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 3 The Global Context of International Social Work
Introduction

 
The Global Social Problems Context

 
The Organizational Context

 
The Ideological Context

 
The Emerging Policy Context

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 4 Basic Programs and Strategies for International Social Work
Introduction

 
Empowerment

 
Capacity Building

 
Self-Help and Self-Reliance

 
Enhancing Social Integraton or Social Cohesion

 
Income-Generation Strategies

 
Community Development

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 5 The Field of Development: Background and Current Issues
Global Development Since 1945: The Various Paths to Development

 
Local Level Development

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 6 The Field of Development: Programs and Strategies in Local Level Development
Local Level Development

 
Goals and Strategies Pertaining to Local Level Development

 
Key Strategies and Programs Appropriate to Local-level Development

 
The Place for Integrated Comprehensive Programs

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 7 The Field of Poverty Reduction and Alleviation: Background and Issues
Perspectives on Poverty

 
Global Poverty: Current Dimensions and Trends

 
Global Poverty: The Various Types of Facets of Poverty

 
Globalization and Poverty

 
The Poverty of the United Nations' List of Least Developed Countries

 
Globally Induced Poverty

 
Poverty and Development Process

 
Subsistence Poverty

 
Rural Poverty

 
Urban Poverty

 
Poverty and Specific Population Categories

 
Definitions and Forms of Poverty

 
Consequential Poverty

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 8 The Field of Poverty Alleviation: Programs and Strategies
Poverty Alleviation in Context

 
A Model of Poverty Alleviation for International Social Work

 
Poverty Alleviation Programs and Strategies Used in International Social Work

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 9 The Fields of Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Background and Current Issues
The Integrated-perspectives Approach and Conflict and Peace Issues

 
The Extent and Nature of Modern Conflict

 
The Role of the United Nations

 
The Role of Global Civil Society

 
The Postconflict Response

 
The Post-Conflict Situation and the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Agenda

 
The Humanitarian Debate

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 10 The Field of Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Programs and Strategies
Implementing the Comprehensive Post-Conflict Agenda

 
Some Key Areas of International Social Work in the Post-Conflict Situation

 
Delivering Psychosocial Programs

 
Rebuilding Communities

 
Securing and Maintaining Peace and Promoting Reconciliation

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 11 The Field of Displacement and Forced Migration: Background and Current Issues
Forced Migration: The Presenting Situation and its Background

 
The Nature of Forced Migration in the Contemporary World

 
Forced Migration Movements and Numbers in Recent Times

 
A Critical Analysis of the Forced Migration Situation

 
Specific Aspects of International Social Work's Involvement in Forced Migration Situations

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 12 The Field Displacement and Forced Migration: Programs and Strategies
A General Overview of Social Work Programs in Forced Migration Situations

 
Some Specific Programs and Strategies for Responding to Various Forced Migration Situations

 
Humanitarian Aid and Its Distribution

 
Programs Humanizing Existing Conditions

 
Trauma Counseling Programs

 
Support Programs

 
Social and REcreational Programs

 
Children's Education adn Psychosocial Programs

 
Services for Refugee Women

 
Family Reunion Programs

 
Repatriation Programs

 
Integration Programs

 
Human Rights Programs

 
Legal Programs

 
Community Development Programs

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 13 International Social Work with Specific Populations
Street Children

 
Child Laborers

 
Migrant Workers and Their Families

 
AIDS Orphans in Africa

 
Conclusion

 
 
Ch. 14 Challenges for International Social Work for the Twenty-First Century
The Way Ahead for International Social Work

 
Changes Required to Social Work Education

 
Changes Required to Social Work Practice

 
Careers in International Social Work

 
The Global Organization of Social Work

 
Conclusion

 
 
Appendix A: International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
 
Appendix B: Acronyms
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

"International Social Work draws together the practice wisdom emerging within the broad scope of international social work practice. Using an integrated perspectives approach, which incorporates global, human rights, ecological, and social development perspectives, the authors prepare readers to actively respond to modern global challenges that are critical to the well-being of people, communities, nations, and ultimately all of us."

NDTV.com

"The book is a useful addition to the literature and should be widely consulted. It will make a major contribution to raising awareness of international issues among social workers everywhere."

James Midgley
Univeristy of California, Berkeley

I found this useful myself, but students find it a little dense in its illustration.

Dr Surinder Guru
Social Work , Birmingham University
April 3, 2012

A very useful text that I am going to be recommending to the year 3 students that I am teaching Contemporary Issues. This book is so useful in helping students understand the International Context that we are working within, and makes links with highly reveleant perspectives of poverty, confict and migration

Mrs Steph Langley
Faculty of Education, Winchester University
March 12, 2012
Key features
  •  Clear learning objectives
  • Summary tables in the text
  • A brief summary of the chapter at the end
  • Learning exercises and questions
  • Possible research areas
  • Recommended reading
  • A glossary for the whole book

 

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