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International Social Work

International Social Work
Issues, Strategies, and Programs

  • David Cox - La Trobe University, Australia
  • Manohar Pawar - Charles Sturt University, Australia, Professor of Social Work, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Australia

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.  

Ch 1. International Social Work
Social Work

The Global Spread and Organization of Social Work

International Social Work


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


Ch. 3 The Global Context of International Social Work

The Global Social Problems Context

The Organizational Context

The Ideological Context

The Emerging Policy Context


Ch. 4 Basic Programs and Strategies for International Social Work


Capacity Building

Self-Help and Self-Reliance

Enhancing Social Integraton or Social Cohesion

Income-Generation Strategies

Community Development


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

Local Level Development


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ch. 13 International Social Work with Specific Populations
Street Children

Child Laborers

Migrant Workers and Their Families

AIDS Orphans in Africa


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


Appendix A: International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
Appendix B: Acronyms
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."

"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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