1st Edition

Social Work in a Glocalised World

Edited By Mona Livholts, Lia Bryant Copyright 2017
    260 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This engaging and timely volume contributes new knowledge to the rapidly emerging field of globalisation and social work. The volume brings together cutting-edge interdisciplinary scholarship from countries such as Australia, Finland, Japan, South Africa, the Philippines and Sweden. It proposes ‘glocalisation’ as a useful concept for re-framing conditions, methodologies and practices for social work in a world perspective.

    Part I of the volume, 'The Glocalisation of Social Issues', deals with major environmental, social and cultural issues – migration and human rights, environmental problems and gendered violence. Part II, 'Methodological Re-Shaping and Spatial Transgression in Glocalised Social Work', develops an epistemology of situated knowledge and methodologies inspired by art, creative writing and cultural geography, focusing on physical, material and emotional spatial dimensions of relevance to social work. Part III, 'Responses from Social Work as a Glocalised Profession', examines how social work has responded to specific social problems, crises and vulnerabilities in a glocalised world.

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    List of Contributors

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Social Work in a Glocalised World

    Mona Livholts and Lia Bryant

    Part I: The Glocalisation of Social Issues

    Chapter 2: Glocal Terrains of Farmer Distress and Suicide

    Lia Bryant and Bridget Garnham

    Chapter 3: Gendered Globalisation and Violence

    Jeff Hearn, Kopano Ratele and Tamara Shefer

    Chapter 4: Globalisation and Glocalised Policies for Asylum Seekers: A Comparative Analysis of Australia and the UK

    Shepard Masocha

    Chapter 5: ‘The Humanitarian Gaze’, Human Rights Films and Glocalised Social Work

    Sonia Tascon

    Part II: Methodological Re-Shaping and Spatial Transgressions in Glocalised Social Work

    Chapter 6: ‘What we learn how to see’: A Politics of Location and Situated Writing in Glocalised Social Work

    Mona Livholts

    Chapter 7: Geographies of Anger and Fear: Exploring the Affective Atmospheres of Men’s ‘Domestic’ Violence

    Lucas Gottzén

    Chapter 8: Loss and Grief in Global Social Work: Autoethnographic Explorations of the Case of the Tsunami Catastrophe in Northeastern Japan March 2011

    Els-Marie Anbäcken

    Chapter 9: Writing from the Self and the Liberatory Process of Reformulating Identities that Extends to and Beyond the Migratory Experience

    Sindi Gordon

    Chapter 10: Social Sculpture through Dreams and Conversations: Creating Spaces for Participatory and Situation Specific Art Based Methods

    Lott Alfreds and Charlotte Åberg

    Part III: Responses from Social Work as a Glocalised Profession

    Chapter 11: Community Work as a Socio-Spatial Response to the Challenge of Glocal Segregation and Vulnerability

    Päivi Turunen

    Chapter 12: Protecting the Rights of Overseas Filipino Workers: Social Work Beyond National Borders

    Nilan Yu and Mary Lou Alcid

    Chapter 13: International Migration and National Welfare Institutions: Doulas as Border Workers in Obstetric Care in Sweden

    Sabine Gruber

    Chapter 14: Undoing Privilege in Transnational Social Work: Implications for Critical Practices in the Local and Global Context

    Bob Pease

    Chapter 15: Conclusion: Glocality and Social Work: Methodological Responsiveness to Moments of Rupture

    Lia Bryant and Mona Livholts



    Mona Livholts is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Department of Social and Welfare Studies at Linköping University, Sweden, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Change, University of South Australia, and Founder and Coordinator of R.A.W., The Network for Reflexive Academic Writing Methodologies.

    Lia Bryant is an Associate Professor at the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, University of South Australia and is Director of the Centre for Social Change. She is Associate Professor in Social Work and Sociology.

    'Mona Livholts and Lia Bryant’s Social Work in a Glocalized World is a wonderful and timely book. A glocalised perspective is a whole way of framing social work, which we can no longer ignore. This volume walks the reader through the many ways in which the global and the local come together in forms of knowledge, practice and research methodology, drawing from diverse geopolitical regions, and weaving legal, economic, policy and discursive arguments together. The volume has a strong feminist voice. It expands social work views to include chapters on writing, participatory arts, and on film-making. I learned a lot from it, and I highly recommend it for teachers, students, practitioners, policy-makers and post-disciplinary learners.'

    Adrienne Chambon, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

    Social Work in a Glocalised World makes an important contribution to global discourse and the dialogues that flow from it. Too often social work’s involvement in global issues winds up masking or reproducing the very concerns that motivated its involvement. In large part, this is due to the application of traditional analyses and understandings and the absence of innovative critical approaches. In contrast, this book challenges such ways of thinking and the knowledge it produces and proposes alternative approaches to knowledge generation such as through new forms of writing and the arts. In doing so, the authors of this book make an important contribution to our understanding of global issues and open a space where new and more relevant responses to these issues can be developed.’

    Stanley L. Witkin, Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA and President, Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work.