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International Social Work

International Social Work
Issues, Strategies, and Programs

First Edition

Other Titles in:
Social Work Practice

June 2006 | 440 pages | SAGE South Asia
Rising global poverty, widespread conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, and the large population of displaced persons— these are a few global situations that are adversely affecting the well-being of millions of people.

This book draws together the practice wisdom emerging within the broad scope of international social work practice. Using an integrated perspectives approach, which incorporates global, human rights, ecological, and social development perspectives, the authors prepare readers to actively respond to modern global challenges that are critical to the well-being of people, communities, nations, and ultimately all of us.

The book: 

• Provides an integrated perspectives approach to international social work and social development practice to give readers alternative theoretical frameworks not found in other books. 

• Focuses on the experience of teaching and practicing international social work, rather than reflecting 
on the field. 

• Includes tables, chapter summaries, learning exercises, and questions, possible research areas, and 
recommended readings to prompt critical thinking and classroom discussion. 

This special South Asian edition has been published with a new preface and an appendix that contains sources of excellent case studies drawn from across the South Asian sub-region. It is an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate courses in Social Work and Development Studies, as well as an excellent resource for social workers, human services professionals, and development practitioners.

Preface to the Indian Edition


International Social Work

The Integrated Perspectives Approach to International Social Work

The Global Context of International Social Work

Basic Programs and Strategies for International Social Work

The Field of Development: Background and Issues

The Field of Development: Programs and Strategies in Local Level Development

The Field of Poverty: Background and Issues

The Field of Poverty: Programs and Strategies

The Field of Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Background and Issues

The Field of Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Programs and Strategies

The Field of Displacement and Forced Migration: Background and Issues

The Field Displacement and Forced Migration: Programs and Strategies

International Social Work with Specific Populations

Challenges for International Social Work for the Twenty-First Century

Appendix A: International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)

Appendix B: Acronyms

Appendix C: Special Appendix for the Indian Edition




Each issue is elaborated in a clear and simple format to introduce the topic of discussion with a board perspective. This enables the reader to have a glimpse of the issue in a truly international perspective…studded with examples from around the world… the author have been careful in structuring the book to suit the adult learner. This book is a ready reckoner on international issues that confronts the social work profession… there is something in the book for both categories. To the Western mind the book exposes the reader to the grassroots and to the traditional schools of social work it introduces new vistas to broaden the scope of social work…a word of appreciation  must be said about the wide-ranging quotes and references in the book… the book is a significant contribution to social work as a profession.

Development and Change

This book provides a novel approach to international social work and social development practice to give the readers alternative theoretical frameworks that are usually absent on other books in this genre.

Development Alternatives

Sir David Cox

Manohar Pawar

Manohar Pawar, PhD, is professor of social work at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University (NSW, Australia) and is also the President of the Asia-Pacific branch of the International Consortium for Social Development. Earlier, he has taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and La Trobe University, Melbourne. He has more than 30 years of experience in social work education, research and practice in Australia and India. Professor Pawar has received a number of awards, including the ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship located at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi (1986–1988);... More About Author

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ISBN: 9788178296906