Global Social Work

Crossing Borders, Blurring Boundaries

Edited by Carolyn Noble, Helle Strauss, and Brian Littlechild

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Format: paperback
392 pages
ISBN: 9781743324042

Publication: 30 Jun 2014

Publisher: Sydney University Press

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Global Social Work: Crossing Borders, Blurring Boundaries is a collection of ideas, debates and reflections on key issues concerning social work as a global profession, such as its theory, its curricula, its practice, its professional identity; its concern with human rights and social activism, and its future directions. Apart from emphasising the complexities of working and talking about social work across borders and cultures, the volume focuses on the curricula of social work programs from as many regions as possible to showcase what is being taught in various cultural, sociopolitical and regional contexts. Exploring the similarities and differences in social work education across many countries of the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific, the book provides a reference point for moving the current social work discourse towards understanding the local and global context in its broader significance.

Brian Littlechild is professor of social work at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

Carolyn Noble is professor emerita at the Victoria University, Melbourne and inaugural professor of social work at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney, Australia.

Helle Strauss is senior lecturer at the Metropolitan University College, Institute of Social Work, Denmark.


Part 1: theory of social work
1. Towards identifying a philosophical basis of social work by Carolyn Noble and Mark Henrickson
2. Transnational social work: a new paradigm with perspectives by Isidor Wallimann
3. Transcending disciplinary, professional and national borders in social work education by Silvia Staub-Bernasconi
4. Educating social workers without boundaries through the Intercultural Social Intervention Model (ISIM) by María-José Aguilar-Idáñez and Daniel Buraschi
5. Indigenism and Australian social work by Christine Fejo-King

Part 2: social work as a profession
6. Envisioning a professional identity: charting pathways through social work education in India by Vimla V. Nadkarni and Sandra Joseph
7. Social work education in Indonesia: challenges and reforms by Fentiny Nugroho and Kanya Eka Santi
8. Social work education in South Asia: diverse, dynamic and disjointed? by Bala Raju Nikku
9. Social work education and family in Latin America: a case study by Carolina Muñoz-Guzmán, Sandra Mancinas and Nelly Nucci

Part 3: the development of social work education courses
10. Social work education in the Caribbean: charting pathways to growth and globalisation by Letnie Rock and Cerita Buchanan
11. Social work education and training in southern and east Africa: yesterday, today and tomorrow by Rodreck Mupedziswa and Refilwe P. Sinkamba
12. The current status and future challenges of social work education in South Korea by In-young Han and Jung-won Lim

Part 4: the social work curriculum
13. Social work education in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Australia by Barbara Staniforth and Carolyn Noble
14. Social work education in the United States: beyond boundaries by Clara Shockley and Frank R. Baskind
15. Social work education in the United Kingdom by Brian Littlechild and Karen Lyons

Part 5: social work and the welfare state
16. International social work education: the Canadian context by Mehmoona Moosa-Mitha
17. Economic crises, neoliberalism, and the US welfare state: trends, outcomes and political struggle by Mimi Abramovitz
18. The Nordic welfare model, civil society and social work by Gurid Aga Askeland and Helle Strauss

Part 6: social work and social change
19. Social work education in the post-socialist and post-modern era: the case of Ukraine by Tetyana Semigina and Oksano Boyko
20. Social work education in Eastern Europe: can post-communism be followed by diversity? by Darja Zaviršek
21. Social work education as a catalyst for social change and social development: case study of a Master of Social Work Program in China by Angelina W.K. Yuen-Tsang, Ben H.B. Ku and Sibin Wang

Part 7: social work and political activism
22. Reflections of an activist social worker: challenging human rights violations by Linda Briskman
23. Contesting the neoliberal global agenda: lessons from activists by Maureen Wilson, Avery Calhoun and Elizabeth Whitmore
24. No issue, no politics: towards a New Left in social work education by Mel Gray and Stephen A. Webb

Part 8: the past and the future of social work
25. Learning from our past: climate change and disaster interventions in practice by Lena Dominelli
26. Social work education: current trends and future directions by Vishanthie Sewpaul
27. Global education for social work: old debates and future directions for international social work by Lynne M. Healy


'this book is an attempt to reshape the current debate about global social work, and it offers a considerable contribution from senior social work academics from some 24 countries. ... This is not yet a programme of action, but there does seem to be a new consistency from these academics, who are well placed to move things forward.'
Daniel Anderson   European Journal of Social Work

'Besides benefitting those interested and involved in international social work, it also serves as a stepping stone for those seeking to engage in the relevant discourses about international social work and social work education from a global perspective.'
Daniel Gredig   International Journal of Social Welfare

Format: paperback
Size: 250 × 176 × 21 mm
392 pages
11 b&w illustrations and 4 b&w tables
Copyright: © 2018
ISBN: 9781743324042
Publication: 30 Jun 2014