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Pacific Social Work

Navigating Practice, Policy and Research, 1st Edition

Edited by Jioji Ravulo, Tracie Mafile'o, Donald Bruce Yeates


200 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-05-20
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As a region, the Pacific is changing rapidly. This edited collection, the first of its kind, centres Pacific-indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being in Pacific social work. In so doing, the authors decolonise the dominant western rhetoric that is evident in contemporary social work practice in the region and rejuvenate practice models with evolving Pacific perspectives. Pacific Social Work:

• Incorporates Pacific epistemologies and ontologies in social and community work practice, social policy and research

• Profiles contemporary Pacific needs – including health, education, environmental, justice and welfare

• Demonstrates the application of Pacific-indigenous knowledges in practice in diverse Pacific contexts

• Examines Pacific-indigenous research approaches to promote inform practice and positive outcomes

• Reviews Pacific models of social and community work and their application

• Fosters Pacific perspectives for social work and community work education and training in the Pacific region.

Pacific Social Work demonstrates the role of social work within societies where social and cultural differences are evident, and practitioners, community groups, researchers, educators, and governments are encouraged to consider the integration between local indigenous and international knowledge and practice. Providing rigorously researched case studies, questions and exercises, this book will be a key learning resource for social work and human and community services students, practitioners, social services managers and policy makers in Australia, New Zealand and various Pacific Island states across the Pacific including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Table of Contents

List of Figures; List of Tables; List of contributors; Foreword; Acknowledgements; PART I: Pacific Social Work; 1. Introduction to Pacific Social Work: Places, Peoples, Perspectives and Practices; 2. Contemporary Pacific Values and Beliefs; 3. Pacific Models of Social Work; PART II: Fields of Practice; 4. Seeing Abilities – Disability in the Pacific; 5. Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing from a Pacific Perspective; 6. Environmental Justice and Social Work in Climate Change in the Pacific Islands; 7. Pacific-Indigenous Community-Village Resilience in Disasters; 8. Delivering Youth Justice for Pacific Young People and Their Families; 9. Applying Culturally Appropriate Approaches when working with Pacific Adult Offenders; 10. Community Development: Connecting Social Work Education and Practice in Pacific Communities; 11. Understanding the Vā for Social Work Engagement with Pacific Women and Children; 12. An Introduction to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing for Pacific Social Workers; 13. Getting on the K.A.D: The Impacts of Kava, Alcohol and Other Drugs Consumption Across Pacific Communities; 14. Our Pacific Elders as Keepers and Transmitters of Culture; 15. Understanding Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Pacific Islands; 17. Global Migration and Resettlement – A Case Study on the Fijian Experience; PART III: Social Policy; 18. Navigating Social Policy Processes in the Pacific; PART IV: Research; 19. Towards a Pacific-Indigenous Research Paradigm for Pacific Social Work; PART V: Future Directions; 20. Where to From Here? Integration of Indigenous Knowledges and Practice in Contemporary Settings; Index

About the Editors

Jioji Ravulo is an Associate Professor in Social Work at the University of Wollongong, Australia. His father is iTaukei Fijian and mother is Anglo Australian. He is passionate about diversity and its differences, and how this can be meaningfully included in the work being undertaken in Pacific social work across Oceania and alongside the Pacific diaspora globally.

Tracie Malfile’o is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work, Massey University New Zealand. She is a second generation Pacific New Zealander, her late father Mohetau Sosaia Mafile’o hailed from Te’ekiu in Tonga and also had genealogy linking to Nukulaelae, Tuvalu. Her career has involved two decades in academic roles across New Zealand and Papua New Guinea focusing on Pacific culture-based scholarship, social development and social work.

Donald Bruce Yeates is honorary Chaplain and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Social Work at The University of the South Pacific, Fiji. He has lived in the Pacific for the last 44 years and is a Fijian / Canadian dual citizen. He is passionate about social and community work practice and its realisation of social and ecological justice in the Pacific and beyond.

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