1st Edition

European Social Policy and Social Work
Citizenship-Based Social Work

ISBN 9780415545235
Published October 28, 2009 by Routledge
200 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

European Social Policy and Social Work explores shifts in international social policies and how they affect national trends and thus the context for social work practice.

The book discusses international and national social work strategies and practice and investigates the responsibilities for social welfare held by the state, the market and civil society. Hans van Ewijk then elaborates a new concept of citizenship-based social work which supports and encourages self-responsibility, social responsibility and the implementation of social rights. The main themes covered are:

  • international social policy and social work
  • from welfare to workfare
  • citizenship
  • essentials of citizenship based social work
  • community policy and community work
  • social work and alternative areas of activity such as youth care and social care.

Integrating different roots and social professions in an overarching new concept, this book particularly looks at European Union countries. Hans van Ewijk examines debates regarding social work as an internationally recognised profession and science.

This book is suitable for social work students, academics and professionals with an interest in social policy and international social work.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. International social work and international social policy  2. From welfare to workfare  3. Citizenship and civil society discourse  4. Social work under construction  5. Community policy and community work  6. Other fields of activities  7. From assimilation to intercultural competences: a challenge for social work  8. Social work as a profession, research and science

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Hans van Ewijk is Professor of Social Policy and Social Work and Chair of the Research Centre for Social Innovation at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. He was recently appointed as Endowed Professor at the University for Humanistics at Utrecht for the Chair of Social Work Theory and is also Visiting Professor at Tartu University, Estonia. He is a former president of the International Council on Social Welfare Europe.


'Dr van Ewijk's book can be credited with contextualising social policy and social work in a European dimension, linking theory with useful suggestions for the practice of social work. By analysing the role of social work through the lens of competences, the author provides an exhaustive, interesting and innovative proposal for teachers and practitioners of social work.' - Annamaria Campanini, Università Milano Bicocca, Italy

'In this book Hans van Ewijk coins a stimulating approach to social work. By questioning the impact of some new notions on social work, as well as popular or over-discussed ones, this book offers an inestimable mapping for researchers, teachers and social professionals toward a contextual transformational social work.' - Paola Richard-De Paolis, Haute École de Travail Social et de la Santé, Switzerland