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Social Work Practice and Social Justice: From Local to Global Perspectives 1st Edition

Karen M. Sowers, William S. Rowe

  • Published
  • 272 Pages

Overview

Through its global approach, Sowers and Rowe's book encourages students to think critically about oppression and social justice issues at home and around the world. As a fundamental premise, the book establishes that social work practice needs to move from the local to the global in order for social justice to prevail. By shifting toward the broader study of institutional oppression and social justice advocacy, the authors also address the CSWE requirement to provide global content in the undergraduate and graduate curriculums. Throughout the text, articles, quotes and examples powerfully illustrate the key issues.

Karen M. Sowers, University of Tennessee

Karen M. Sowers is Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee. Her expertise and research interests include juvenile justice, sexuality, social work education, child welfare, best practices in mental health, evidence-based practices, and international social work. Dr. Sowers is the author or co-author of numerous books, book chapters and journal articles. In addition to this text, Dr. Sowers has co-authored another Brooks/Cole text, Juvenile Justice Practice.

William S. Rowe, University of South Florida

William S. Rowe is the Director of the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida. His research interests include HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, child welfare, and international social work. Dr. Rowe has written numerous journal articles and books.
  • In Part I, Sowers and Rowe set the stage for the book's main emphasis: that social work practice needs to move from the local to the global in order for social justice to prevail.
  • The "Social Work Practice and Social Justice Website" feature provides students with a link to the text's website, which includes an online reader of chapter-related articles selected by the authors.
  • The authors pay special attention to specific at-risk and vulnerable populations from around the world and address global social problems as they relate to social work practice.
  • "Research Evidence Driving the Future Agenda: Challenges for the Future" sections support the discipline's trend toward empirically based practice.
  • Chapter-opening inspirational quotes set the tone for the chapter.
  • Practice Exemplars from Around the World, 'Thinking About Practice: From Local to Global Perspective boxes with critical thinking discussion questions ask the student to consider the topic and provide questions that prompt the student to apply the topic to their own local environment.
Part I. GLOBAL SOCIAL WORK: AN EMERGING PERSPECTIVE.
1. The Evolution of Social Work Around the World.
2. Social Work Throughout the World.
3. Global Standards for Social Work Practice: Implications for Generalist Practice.
Part II. A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE IS A HUMAN PERSPECTIVE: SAMPLE POPULATIONS.
4. Social Work Practice with Children and Youth.
5. Social Work Practice with Women and Girls.
6. Social Work Practice with the Elderly.
Part III. SOCIAL CHALLENGES AND PRACTICE APPROACHES FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE.
7. Poverty Around the World.
8. Mental Health.
9. Substance Abuse.
10. Developmental/Physical Disability.
11. Health.
12. Crime and Justice.
13. Stress, Trauma, and Crisis Intervention.
Part IV. MACRO PERSPECTIVES.
14. Community Development.
Part V. THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.
15. Future Trends in Global Social Work Practice.

"I see this as a most important book for the field. These two authors are to be commended. In a very cogent way they argue, with rich supporting data, that to understand any area of social work practice in this era of globalization it must be viewed from an inter-influencing international perspective...In an important way, this work serves to further link the profession as an international force in the quest for universal social justice."

"...I’ve already told several of my colleagues about this text and about the global/international perspective and how it all gets tied to create a better understanding of not only our social problem and social policies, but how every problem and social issue is interconnected. The point that social work needs and must make these connections is another strength of this text....Please send me a copy!!!"

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

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ISBN: 9780534592165
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