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The quest for a universal social work

The quest for a universal social work
The quest for a universal social work
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.
indigenisation, international social work, globalisation, multiculturalism
0261-5479
625-644
Gray, Mel
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Fook, Jan
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Gray, Mel
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Fook, Jan
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Gray, Mel and Fook, Jan (2004) The quest for a universal social work. Social Work Education, 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.

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Published date: October 2004
Keywords: indigenisation, international social work, globalisation, multiculturalism

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Local EPrints ID: 51935
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/51935
ISSN: 0261-5479
PURE UUID: ee5de2ac-6b66-45a6-9b02-86b41e2a157e

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Date deposited: 05 Jun 2008
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 07:06

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Author: Mel Gray
Author: Jan Fook

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