The quest for a universal social work

Gray, Mel and Fook, Jan (2004) The quest for a universal social work. Social Work Education. The International Journal, 23, (5), 625-644. (doi:10.1080/0261547042000252334).


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What debates and issues are involved in moves to generalise about social work across the globe? This paper attempts to examine some of these major debates and, in so doing, to suggest some directions for a flexible approach. Crucial to these debates are several tensions around the issues of Westernisation, localisation and indigenisation in social work. It is also important to seek clarity around the complexities of international social work. The political implications involved in these movements are discussed and possible approaches to finding a flexible framework which allows for differences yet provides for accountability, responsiveness and connectivity are suggested.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0261-5479 (print)
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Keywords: indigenisation, international social work, globalisation, multiculturalism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Work Studies
ePrint ID: 51935
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 02:41

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