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The world is now a global village, yet cultural diversity is at the forefront of social work practice within and across countries. Professional social workers in different countries increasingly have to relate to a multicultural society, and to develop culturally relevant and appropriate practices with individuals and families, groups and communities. In addition, social workers have to work across different national boundaries or with issues which emanate from forces both within and beyond the countries they are from. Social work education therefore has to be able to prepare graduates to work in varying cultural and socio-economic contexts. In two parts, Cross-Cultural Social Work: Local and Global addresses contemporary issues that are at the forefront of community care and development. Part 1 discusses theories and perspectives for culturally appropriate practice, education and research, whilst part 2 contains approaches to working with culturally diverse groups and practice areas. Issues addressed in these parts include: Part 1 - Culture in social work, cultural competence, whiteness in social work, biculturalism, working with diversity, and culturally based methods of inquiry. Part 2 - Marginalised indigenous communities, social and economic barriers, new and emerging communities, end-of-life issues, international adoption, and culturally diverse aged care. Combining theoretical discussions and practical knowledge-building materials Cross-Cultural Social Work facilitates the development of cultural competence among social work students, educators, practitioners and researchers. The book engages readers to critically reflect on cultural underpinnings of dominant social work theories and methods, and to challenge the way we think about culture and cross-cultural practice.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introducing cross-cultural social work: local and global Part 1 Theories and perspectives: culturally appropriate practice, education and research Chapter 2 Social work across cultures: contexts and contestations Chapter 3 Cultural competence: a critical analysis Chapter 4 Incorporating whiteness into the teaching and learning of anti-racist social work Chapter 5 Biculturalism as an approach to social work Chapter 6 Social work practice in India: the challenge of working with diversity Chapter 7 Developing culturally based methods of research Part 2 Approaches of working with culturally diverse groups and practice areas Chapter 8 Social work with marginalised Indigenous communities Chapter 9 Social entrepreneurship: a culturally rooted approach to promoting social and economic justice Chapter 10 Cultural safety with new and emerging communities: older refugee experiences of health and welfare services in Australia Chapter 11 End-of-life issues: perspectives in multicultural societies Chapter 12 International adoption: policy and practice issues Chapter 13 Building a culturally diverse and responsive aged care health workforce

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Edited by Ling How Kee, Jennifer Martin and Rosaleen Ow Ling How Kee is an Associate Professor of Social Work and the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Disability Studies at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak in Malaysia. Jennifer Martin is an Associate Professor of Social Work at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia Rosaleen Ow is the Head of the Department of Social Work at the National University of Singapore. Contributors Nirmala Abraham holds a Masters of Social Work for her thesis on Assyrian Chaldean and Somali communities in Australia. Ann Joselynn Baltra-Ulloa is a Social Work Lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. Anaru Eketone is a qualified Social Worker and a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Otago. Christine Fejo-King is an Aboriginal woman from the Northern Territory of Australia and has been a Social Worker for over thirty years. Gai Harrison is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Queensland. Peter J. Mataira is Assistant Professor and Director of Indigenous Affairs at Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawaii. Jayashree Moganty is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, University of Singapore. Supriya Pattanayak has extensive teaching, research and policy experience in the field of gender and development issues, and social work pedagogy in different contexts. Shayne Walker is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago.

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