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International Social Work

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.  

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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