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Social Work in a Globalizing World

This inspiring and stimulating book confronts contemporary challenges facing social workers. Many of the forms of human, social and environmental degradation addressed arise from social problems that have persisted over time, such as social work s own uncertain professional status, poverty, structural inequalities, migratory movements and armed conflicts. However, these challenges include newer problems rooted in the interdependent nature of the world. These issues centre on globalization, the worldwide recession that undermined fiscal sustainability in Western countries, environmental pollution, climate change and natural disasters, concerns which present fresh arenas for social worker involvement, and opportunities for innovation in social work theories and paradigms for practice. In exploring the tensions that globalization creates for practice, Lena Dominelli reveals the diverse and heterogeneous nature of social work as a profession even though it has many facets that are shared across borders. In a fluid global context where migratory movements and the internationalization of social problems mean that problems that began in one country have significant implications and require action in another, social workers must support practices that endorse human rights, social justice and citizenship for all of the planet s inhabitants. Social Work in a Globalizing World sets an ambitious agenda for social work and calls for international co-operation, alliances and action alongside local ones. Only then can its optimistic message of a viable end to the degradation of human beings and their physical environment be achieved.
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Table of Contents

Detailed Contents vi Acknowledgements x 1 Introduction 1 2 Creating the New Profession of Social Work 9 3 Mapping Out the Terrain of 'the Social' 29 4 Professionalization, Practice Methods and Processes of Intervention 50 5 Social Work, Citizenship, Human Rights and Social Justice 76 6 Human, Social and Environmental Degradation 101 7 Globalizing the Local and Localizing the Global in Practice 127 8 Conclusions 151 References 174 Author Index 196 Subject Index 201

About the Author

Lena Dominelli is Professor of Applied Social Sciences in the School of Applied Social Sciences and Associate Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Research at Durham University.


"The strength of this book lies in its engaging narrative depictingthe birth, development and future journey forward of social work asa profession. From this narrative the book draws sensibleconclusions, with useful recommendations and suggestions, to helpthe reader understand the key characteristics of social workpractice in a simple yet effective manner." Practice: Social Work in Action "Timely and well-written, this thought-provoking book is a call forsocial workers to rise to meet the challenges of the twenty-firstcentury in the interests of global social justice and humanrights." Social Policy "This book would be of huge value to anyone entering thepolitics of international social work or who is debating the futureof the College of Social Work beyond borders". Professional Social Work "Lena Dominelli's extremely readable book not only analyzes thedynamics of globalization but points the way forward to a morecompassionate world in which international collaboration ratherthan exploitation characterizes the human condition. Social workershave much to learn from her insightful analysis." James Midgley, University of California, Berkeley "Lena Dominelli has always been at the forefront of commentingon some of the key issues for social work education and practice inour fast changing world. This book is a significant contribution tothe contemporary debates and will prove both controversial andimportant. I encourage you to engage with it." Keith Popple, London South Bank University "This book presents to the reader complex issues, debates andarguments in Professor Dominelli's characteristically informal andengaging narrative style. The breadth of issue she covers is wideand all encompassing. This book ensures that social workscholarship will survive the present challenges of legitimacy and porous borders' and help re-position socialwork in the forefront of critical debates in the globalisedworld." Carolyn Noble, Victoria University, Melbourne

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