International Social Work: Professional Action in an Interdependent World

International Social Work: Professional Action in an Interdependent World

International Social Work: Professional Action in an Interdependent World

International Social Work: Professional Action in an Interdependent World


International Social Work: Professional Action in an Independent World provides a comprehensive introduction to international social work. Two main themes, global interdependence and professional action, provide the context for examination of social work history, values, policy, practice, and education in global perspective. The author's four-part definition of international social work emphasizes competence for professional action in international aspects of domestic practice and policy, professional exchange, international development practice, and policy formulation and advocacy at the global level. Each of these roles is examined in depth.
The economic, cultural, environmental, and social welfare implications of global interdependence are addressed through discussion of structural adjustment and the debt crisis, resource utilization, migration, HIV/AIDS, poverty, and rights of women and children. A chapter on value and ethical dilemmas considers how context influences the ways in which social issues are approached. Case examples, drawn from a wide variety of countries, are used throughout the book to illustrate the concepts. Country examples are drawn from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean.
The book conludes with exploration of universal concepts for social work around the world: social development, human rights, multiculturalism, social exclusion, sustainability, and security.


Lynne Healy, in the first edition of this scholarly book, presented to all concerned with individual well-being and social justice the challenge of global interdependence and how to meet it. This second edition responds to the book’s highly favorable reception by social work educators and other readers in the United States and around the world. What was already an impressive volume now provides significant additional content with coverage even more comprehensive than before of the many facets of international social work. Expanded and updated content on globalization brings into sharp focus its impact, positive and negative, on social policies and programs, the economy, cultural traditions, and the environment. Along with development and human rights, globalization is placed at the core of international social work.

The social work profession has begun to recognize the impact of globalization on almost every problem with which its practitioners are involved. Universal everyday problems, such as poverty, hunger, women’s issues, aging populations, family breakdowns, drug addiction, and child abuse and neglect, persist while massive new problems have emerged. the worldwide spread of aids has established a new category of abandoned and orphaned children while civil strife has led to the mustering of children as soldiers. Increasingly negative approaches to immigration policy along with denial of basic rights and services to migrants have created a host of national and transnational problems. Armed conflict and ethnic cleansing have given rise to new waves of refugees and displaced persons, exacerbating an already critical problem.

In this new edition, Dr. Healy clearly demonstrates how the nature and substance of social problems such as those noted above are affected by globalization. While giving full recognition to its negative impact on human welfare and the social environment, she directs attention not only to its real and potential benefits but also to its continued presence as an “irrefutable fact of life.” the many ways in which global interdependence affects social work practice are described initially in a new Chapter 2 on globalization and spelled out in further detail in additional new chapters. Even the most skeptical of critics will find convincing evidence that globalization as presented by Healy does indeed set the context for the practice of international social work in the twenty-first century.

Several completely new chapters provide a wealth of information within that context for use by social work educators and practitioners. To the . . .

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