How is Social Work Affected by Different Contexts?

  • Gloria Lucy Chisala

Abstract

Social Work is one of the oldest professions, dating back to pre-industrial societies - even though it may not then have been called social work. It is a profession that deals both with society and individuals. Social work has been changing as the society has evolved, which in turn entails changes in peoples behaviours. Society and the individual are caught in an intense and changing relationship whereby each one seeks to influence the other. Moreover social work seeks to influence society (and individuals within it) and society in turn seeks to set limit on what social workers should do and should not do. So, social work is situated in the middle pulled between the individual and society, the powerful and the excluded, negotiating, and at times in conflict with both.

Author Biography

Gloria Lucy Chisala

Student
University of Nordland
Norway/Malawi

 

References

Adams R., Dominelli L., Payne M., (eds) (2002) Social Work: Themes, Issues and Critical Debates. New York. Palgrave.

Bwalo (1999).Sustainable Social and Human Development, University of Malawi Cohen R. & Kennedy P. (2000) Global Sociology, Great Britain
Davies M. (eds) (2002) The Blackwell Companion to Social Work, London Blackwell.

Dominelli L. (2002) Anti- Oppressive Social Work theory and Practice, Houndmills, Basingstoke,: Palgrave Macmillan

Fook J. (2002) Social Work: Critical Theory and Practice, London Sage Publication Ltd. Giddens A. (2001) Sociology, London: Blackwell
Healy L.M. (2001) International Social Work: Profession Action in an Interdependent World,
New York: Oxford University.

Howe D. (1987) An Introduction to Social Work Theory: Community Care Practice Handbook,
Cambridge: Wildwood House.

Kennet P. (2001) Comparative Social Policy: Theory and Practice, Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Lorenz W. (1994) Social Work in a changing Europe, London: Routledge.

Malawi Government (2002), Malawi Poverty Reduction Strategy, 2002 News Batch, Globalisation and Social Policy, Cromwell Press Limited
Payne, M, (2005) Modern Social Work Theory, Third Edition Palgrave MacMillan

Shardlow S. Payne M. (Eds) (1998) Contemporary Issues in Social Work: Western Europe,
Aldershot: Arena Ashgate

Shulman L. (1991) International Social Work Practice: Towards an Empirical Theory, USA. F.E Peacock Publishers Inc.

Van Wormer, K (1999) Social Welfare: A World View Belmont; CA : Wadesworth
Published
2006-04-03
How to Cite
Chisala, G. L. (2006). How is Social Work Affected by Different Contexts?. Journal of Comparative Social Work, 1(1), 38 - 46. https://doi.org/10.31265/jcsw.v1i1.24
Views
  • Abstract 424
  • PDF 229
Section
Student Works