Political Conflict and Social Work Education

Authored by: Jim Campbell , Joe Duffy , Mark Simpson

Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Education

Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138890237
eBook ISBN: 9781315712536
Adobe ISBN: 9781317495239


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In an increasingly uncertain world, where political conflicts affect many populations, there is growing interest in the role of social work in these contexts (Ramon, 2008). The content of two recent special issues of leading journals, focusing on social work and political change (Spalek & McDonald, 2012) and social work and armed conflict (Ramon & Zavirsek, 2012), indicates the need to explore the complexity of roles that social workers play in these difficult and sometimes dangerous situations across all continents. It is an appropriate moment, therefore, to take stock of the literature and practice and policy debates that inform our understanding of this field of work. This can help us distil our ideas and turn our focus towards the importance of using social work education to address consequences of political conflict.

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