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Globalization and international social work; postmodern change and challenge.


Globalization and international social work; postmodern change and challenge.

Payne, Malcolm and Gurid Aga Askeland.

Ashgate Publishing Co.


188 pages



Contemporary social work studies


Although still deeply concerned with the quality of life at the individual and community level, social workers must now also consider the effects of global geopolitics, including migration, multiculturalism, and human trafficking. This collection of eight essays (with introduction and conclusion) considers how the practice of social work and its administration must change from a colonial-managerial model, which does not accommodate real equity and complexity, to a postmodern approach that reduces discrimination. Contributors provide specific examples of postmodern practice, including recognizing conflicts and developing connections, using critical reflection to promote contextual social work practice and education, understanding racism and exclusion through cultural translation, perceiving valid knowledge, creating a postmodern identity for social work in agencies and universities, working through the new challenges of globalization, using exchanges and cross-national activities, and apply appropriate technology to education and practice.

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