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Handbook of International Social Work : Human Rights, Development, and the Global Profession

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Global knowledge is increasingly essential for all aspects of social work. Today's professionals respond to concerns including permeable borders, the upheavals of war, displaced workers, natural disasters, international adoption, and human trafficking. Everywhere, social workers work with service users and colleagues from diverse cultures and countries. Globally relevant concepts such as human rights, development, and inclusion offer new perspectives to enhance policy and practice and facilitate the international exchange of ideas. This handbook is the first major reference text to provide a solid foundation of knowledge for students and researchers alike. The extensive collection of 73 chapters confirms the integral and necessary nature of international social work knowledge to all areas of practice, policy, and research. Chapters systematically map the key issues, organizations, competencies, training and research needs, and ethical guidelines central to international social work practice today, emphasizing the linkages among social work, development, and human rights practice. In-depth country case studies and policy examples encourage readers to understand how their practice in social work touches on international issues, regardless of whether the work is done at home or abroad. Representing all regions of the world, a wide range of contributors that are leaders in their fields have put together an exhaustive collection that represents the state-of-play of international social work today.show more

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  • Hardback | 560 pages
  • 180.34 x 254 x 35.56mm | 1,179.33g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 11 line-cuts and 17 tables
  • 0195333616
  • 9780195333619
  • 1,181,193

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"This handbook is the most comprehensive volume of the theory and practice of international social work. Case examples of international social work are highlighted. This handbook will serve as an excellent text for courses in international social work and international social development and as a reference for courses in human behavior and the social environment, social policy and additional methods courses in community building, community organization, social planning, and social development." -- Frederick L. Ahearn, DSW, Ordinary Professor and Co-Director, Center for International Social Development, Catholic University of America "The handbook is an innovative collection of contemporary narratives and research concerning international social work. It is startling in its range and will be an essential ingredient for the social work curriculum. This content welcomes interdisciplinarity and is equally valuable to undergraduate and graduate study. The emphasis that social work is a human rights profession is of profound, significant importance. This is a 'must-have' resource for practitioners and all professionals interested in international issues of social work." -- Lea Sugman Bohinc, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Social Work, Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia "The profession of social work is a complex one-made even more complex when viewed from a global perspective. This handbook simplifies this view by presenting specific examples of new approaches to global problems and increased awareness of old ones. At the same time it magnifies the nature of international social work by assembling a comprehensive and inclusive volume that presents almost encyclopedic knowledge of theories, concepts, history, methods, problems, laws, and careers. Any scholar or practitioner who wants to appreciate the scope of global social work will want this book as a part of their library." -- Jean K. Quam, PhD, Dean, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities "This is a monumental masterpiece that is destined to become a classic text for students, scholars and practitioners interested in international social work across the globe. It is comprehensive, analytical, and thought-provoking, and is able to capture the dynamic interplay between global issues and local practice in a most powerful and captivating manner. Written by distinguished authors from diverse national and cultural backgrounds, the Handbook has not only enriched our understanding of global issues confronting the international social work community, but has also rekindled our sense of responsibility for social change and development through global action and international collaboration." -- Angelina Yuen, PhD, Professor and Vice President, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; and President, International Association of Schools of Social Workshow more

About Lynne M. Healy

Lynne M. Healy, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Center for International Social Work Studies at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Rosemary J. Link, PhD, is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Simpson College, Iowa.show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link ; SECTION I. Theories and Concepts Underlying International Social Work ; 2. Defining International Social Work ; Lynne M. Healy ; 3. Globalization ; Maureen Wilson ; 4. Development ; James Midgley ; 5. Human Rights and Their Relevance for Social Work as Theory and Practice ; Silvia Staub-Bernasconi ; 6. Social Exclusion and Inclusion ; Karen Lyons and Nathalie Huegler ; 7. Social Justice ; Dorothee Holscher ; SECTION II. History ; 8. The History of the Development of Social Work ; Lynne M. Healy ; 9. Claiming Women's Places in the World: Social Workers' Roles in Eradicating Gender Inequalities Globally ; Lena Dominelli ; SECTION III. International Social Work Practice ; 10. Work With Immigrants and Refugees ; Uma A. Segal ; 11. International Adoption ; Karen Smith Rotabi ; 12. Trauma Counseling ; Allison Rowlands ; 13. International Social Service: Addressing the Need for Intercountry Casework ; Felicity Northcott, Julie Gilbert Rosicky, Andy Elvin, Jean Ayoub, and Christine Lambert ; 14. Social Development and Social Work ; Doreen Elliott ; 15. Disaster Relief and Management: Readiness, Response, and Recovery ; Golam M. Mathbor ; 16. Representing Social Work at the United Nations and Other International Bodies ; Robin Mama ; 17. Cultural Efficacy in Communication and Practice in Global Context ; Lois Bosch ; 18. Cultural Conflict and Conflict Resolution ; Ngoh Tiong Tan ; SECTION IV. Global Social Issues ; 19. Global Ageing: Implications for International Social Work ; M. C. "Terry" Hokenstad and Moon Choi ; 20. Child Abuse and Neglect ; Letnie F. Rock ; 21. Child Labor and Work ; Dennis J. Ritchie ; 22. Child Soldiers ; Joanne Corbin ; 23. Children in and of the Street ; Kristin M. Ferguson ; 24. Community Violence ; Horace Levy ; 25. Drugs: Addictions and Trafficking ; Katherine van Wormer ; 26. Employment, Unemployment, and Decent Work ; Tatsuru Akimoto ; 27. Environmental Degradation and Preservation ; Christina L. Erickson ; 28. Ethnic Conflicts ; Darja Zavirsek and Jelka Zorn ; 29. HIV/AIDS: The Global Pandemic ; Hugo Kamya ; 30. Human Trafficking ; Jini L. Roby ; 31. Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Survival ; Jay T. Johnson and Michael Yellow Bird ; 32. Mental Health ; Janice Wood Wetzel ; 33. Migration and Refugees ; Karen Lyons and Nathalie Huegler ; 34. Natural and Human-Caused Disasters ; Michael J. Zakour ; 35. Poverty and Human Needs ; Vimla Nadkarni and Govind Dhaske ; 36. Racism and Antiracist Strategies ; Narda Razack ; 37. SARS: A Case of a Global Health Threat ; Ngoh Tiong Tan ; 38. Status of Women ; Susan Mapp ; 39. Veterans, Soldiers, and Military Families: The Role of Social Work ; Jesse Harris ; 40. Violence Against Women ; Susan Mapp ; 41. Youth ; Lincoln O. Williams ; SECTION V. International Profession and Professional Organizations ; 42. International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) ; Nigel Hall ; 43. International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) ; Lynne M. Healy ; 44. International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) ; Denys Correll ; 45. International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD) ; Frank B. Raymond and Charles "Chuck" Cowger ; 46. Global Ethical Principles and Dilemmas ; Elaine Congress ; SECTION VI. Organizations and Institutions Involved in International Social Work ; 47. The United Nations Agencies ; Stuart Wilson ; 48. Nongovernmental Organizations and Global Social Change ; Kathryn Libal and Scott Harding ; 49. Regulators of the Global Economy: The IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO ; Peta-Anne Baker with Kimberly Hinds ; SECTION VII. International Social Work Education and Research ; 50. Models of Internationalizing Curriculum ; Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link ; 51. International Field Placements ; Pat Lager and Sally Mathiesen ; 52. Models of International Exchange ; Rosemary J. Link and Gabi Cacinovic Vogrincic ; 53. Using Technology for International Education and Research ; Thomas P. Felke and Goutham M. Menon ; 54. Comparative Cross-National Research (World Census) ; Angeline Barretta-Herman ; SECTION VIII. Social Work Around the World ; 55. Social Work in Africa ; Lengwe-Katembula Mwansa ; 56. Social Work in Asia ; Ngoh Tiong Tan ; 57. Social Work in Australia and New Zealand ; Carolyn Noble and Mary Nash ; 58. Social Work in the Caribbean ; Peta-Anne Baker and John Maxwell ; 59. Social Work in Europe ; Annamaria Campanini ; 60. Social Work in Latin America ; Irene Queiro-Tajalli ; 61. Social Work in North America ; Julia Watkins (United States), Therese Jennissen and Colleen Lundy (Canada) ; SECTION IX. Poverty and Development ; 62. International Social Development Projects ; Lorne Jaques and W. Duffie VanBalkom ; 63. Measuring Social Well-Being ; Lynne M. Healy ; 64. Microcredit: A Development Strategy for Poverty Reduction ; Rebecca L. Thomas ; 65. Variations and Issues of Survival of European Welfare State Models in the Twenty-First Century ; Sven Hessle ; SECTION X. Human Rights ; 66. Overview of Human Rights: The UN Conventions and Machinery ; Joseph Wronka ; 67. Women and the Human Rights Framework ; Elizabeth Reichert ; 68. Children's Rights ; Rosemary J. Link ; 69. Human Rights of People With Disabilities ; Gunn Strand Hutchinson ; 70. Human Rights and Sexual Orientation ; Gary Bailey ; SECTION XI. Conclusions: Toward the Future ; 71. International Careers in Social Work ; Amy Bess and Rosemary J. Link ; 72. International Labor Mobility in Social Work ; Karen Lyons and Nathalie Huegler ; 73. Conclusion ; Rosemary J. Link ; APPENDICES ; A. IASSW/IFSW Ethics in Social Work: Statement of Principles ; B. Global Standards for the Education and Training of the Social Work Profession ; C. The Millennium Development Goals and Targets ; D. The IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support: A Quick Guide for Social Workers ; Martha Braginshow more