Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447322672 Published February 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447322665 Published April 2018 For sale in North and South America only

Global Social Work in a Political Context

Radical Perspectives

Iain Ferguson, Vasilios Ioakimidis, and Michael Lavalette

Global Social Work in a Political Context

Iain Ferguson, Vasilios Ioakimidis, and Michael Lavalette

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447322672 Published February 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447322665 Published April 2018 For sale in North and South America only
How is social work shaped by global issues and international problems and how should it address them? This book employs a radical perspective to examine international social work. Globalization had opened up many issues for social work, including how to address global inequalities, the impact of global economic problems and trends towards neoliberalism. By examining the origins of modern social work, problematizing its definition and addressing the care/control dichotomy the book reveals what we can learn from different approaches and projects across the globe. Case studies from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Spain, Latin America, Australia, Hungary, and Greece bring the text to life and allow both students and practitioners to apply theory to practice.
Contents
Acknowledgements

Introduction: Global social work in a political context

Part One: The political context of contemporary social work
1. The political economy of social work
2. Neoliberalism, social work and the state: retreat or restructuring?
3. The privatisation of social work and social care

Part Two: Social work politics: past and present
4. Social work’s horrible histories: collusion and resistance
5. Social work as a praxis for liberation: the case of Latin American reconceptualisation
6. Refugees, migrants and social work
7. Social work, climate change and the Anthropocene

Part Three: Debating the politics of social work today
8. A new politics of social work?
9. The case for a social justice-based global social work definition

Conclusions: ‘Making history’

References
Index
 
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