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1st Edition

Indian Social Work

ISBN 9780367337773
Published October 1, 2020 by Routledge India
218 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides multiple frameworks and paradigms for social work education which integrates indigenous theories and cultural practices. It focuses on the need to diversify and reorient social work curriculum to include indigenous traditions of service, charity and volunteerism to help social work evolve as a profession in India.

The volume analyzes the history of social work education in India and how the discipline has adapted and changed in the last 80 years. It emphasizes the need for the Indianization of social work curriculum so that it can be applied to the socio-cultural contours of a diverse Indian society. The book delineates strategies and methods derived from meditation, yoga, bhakti and ancient Buddhist and Hindu philosophy to prepare social work practitioners with the knowledge, and skills, that will support and enhance their ability to work in partnership with diverse communities and indigenous people.

This book is essential reading for teachers, educators, field practitioners and students of social work, sociology, religious studies, ancient philosophy, law and social entrepreneurship. It will also interest policy makers and those associated with civil society organizations.

Table of Contents

List of Tables. List of Contributors. Preface. Foreword. Introduction. 1. Indian Perspective of Social Work Mukul Kanitkar 2. Eight Decades of Professional Social Work: Taking Stock of Issues and Challenges Dharam Pal Singh 3. Indigenization of Social Work Curriculum: Review and Restructure B. T. Lawani 4. Indigenous and Indianised Social Work Education in India: A Way Forward Jagdish Jadhav and Suman Rama 5. Contemporary Challenges to Social Work Education and Practice in India Sonam Rohta 6. Decolonization of Social Work Education and the Tribal/Indigenous of Northeast India Witna William Ch. Marak 7. Indigenization of Indian social work: A critical curriculum analysis for knowledge building Rubina Nusrat 8. Indigenization of Social Work Through Bhakti and Yoga Archana Kaushik 9. Ancient Concepts: Relevance for Indigenous Naveen Chandran Bhat 10. Evidence of Ancient Indian Work in Mental Health and Its use for Modern Social Work Practice Bhuvneshwari Poonam Kunwar Rathore 11. Reducing Stress of Cancer Patients through Vipassana Meditation Ira Das and Himani Anand 12. The Buddhist experience of an Ethnographer: Reporting from Field Experiences Poonam Gulalia 13. Relevance of Hinduism in Social Work Bishnu Mohan Dash and Avnish Nagar 14. Alimentary meditations in Select Ancient Indian Philosophical Thought Manjari Singh 15. Buddhism and Social Work Babuli Chandra Nayak 16. Exploring Oriental Roots of Social Work through Jainism Binod Kumar. Index.


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Bishnu Mohan Dash is Assistant Professor in Social Work at Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, University of Delhi and is engaged in spearheading the movement for Bharatiyakaran/Indianisation of social work education in India.

Mithilesh Kumar is Assistant Professor in Social Work at Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha.

D. P. Singh is Professor and Head of Department of Social Work, Punjabi University Patiala.

Siddheshwar Shukla is a senior journalist presently Associate Editor with (Discourse on Development).