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The SAGE Handbook of International Social Work

The SAGE Handbook of International Social Work

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June 2012 | 564 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

Areas covered include:

  • Analysis of 'International social work'
  • Globalization and indigenization
  • Social justice and human rights
  • Poverty and livelihoods
  • Ecological issues
  • Migration
  • Education, theory, research and practice
  • Social work in different settings
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Responses to disasters and conflicts
  • Life course perspectives
  • Regional perspectives
  • Future directions

With a truly international range of contributions, the Handbook incorporates perspectives from Asia, Africa, Europe, Australasia, the Middle East and the Americas.

It will be an invaluable resource for undergraduates, graduates, researchers and academics working in the fields of social work, social welfare, human services, and community development worldwide, as well as service providers and policy makers in the international arena.

Nathalie Huegler, Karen Lyons and Manohar Pawar
Setting the Scene
Lena Dominelli
Globalisation and Indigenisation
Reconciling the Irreconcilible in Social Work?

Margaret Alston and Fred H. Besthorn
Environment and Sustainability
Joseph Wronka and Silvia Staub Bernasconi
Human Rights
Murli Desai and John Solas
Poverty, Development and Social Justice
Uma Segal and Gerda Heck
Migration, Minorities and Citizenship
Malcolm Payne
Political and Organisational Contexts of Social Work Internationally
Narda Razack
Social Work Theories, Research/Methods and Practices: Critical Perspectives and New Challenges
Richard Hugman and Wendy Bowles
Social Work Values, Ethics and Professional Regulation
Terry Hokenstad and Karen Lyons
Social Work Education: The International Dimension
Joan Orme and Synnove Karvinen-Niinikoski
Social Work Research
Tatsuru Akimoto and Decha Sungkawan
Social Work, Economic Conditions and Livelihood
Paul Bywaters and Cindy Davis
Social Work and Health
Marion Huxtable, Cynthia A. Sottie and Khuajin Ulziitungalag
Social Work and Education
Michael Preston-Shoot and Staffan Höjer
Social Work, Social Justice and Protection: A Reflective Review
Jennifer McKinnon and Raquel Sant'Ana
Social Work and Changing Environments
Micheal L. Shier and John R. Graham
Social Work, Religion, Culture and Spirituality
Golam M. Mathbor and Jennifer Bourassa
Disaster Management and Humanitarian Action
Shulamit Ramon and Reima Ana Maglajlic
Social Work, Political Conflict and Displacement
Murli Desai
The Life-Course Perspective and Changing Context of Families
Letnie Rock, Jeff Karabanow and Kathleen Manion
Childhood and Youth in International Context: Life Course Perspectives
Ruby Chau
Adulthood - Some Comparative and International Perspectives
M. C. "Terry" Hokenstad, Jr., Ph.D. and Amy Restorick Roberts, Ph.D. Candidate
Older Persons and Social Work: A Global Perspective
Lengwe-K. Mwansa and Linda Kreitzer
Social Work in Africa
Manohar Pawar and Ming-sum Tsui
Social Work in Southern and Eastern Asia
Liz Beddoe and Heather Fraser
Social Work in Australasia
Sue Lawrence and Darja Zavirsek
Social Work in Europe
Sahar Al-Makhamreh and Kathryn Libal
The Middle East: Expanding Social Work to Address 21st Century Concerns
Mahia Saracostti, Taly Reiniger and Henry Parada
Social Work in Latin America
Julia Watkins and Jennifer Holden Dolly
Social Work in North America and the Caribbean

''Faced with stark global challenges - social, economic, health-related, demographic - social workers require culturally appropriate knowledge to respond sensitively to complex needs. This book brings together some of the foremost social work academics, who illuminate brightly the complexities and subtle nuances of that slippery concept international social work. It represents a real 'state-of-the-art' excursus into social work: a diverse occupational group expressed in many forms across the world. I am sure that this volume will become a seminal work, turned to by academics and policy-makers throughout the world for many years to come. It's reach is wide and the book fulfils it's aim to be comprehensive. Dealing with concepts of space, time and power relations it focuses on diversity, challenges of intersecting experiences of power in a critical and analytic way. It is to be highly recommended for all social workers!' -
Professor Jonathan Parker, Bournemouth University

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