The underlying frame of social work is the nation state, and it is from within the state that welfare strategies and social policies are devised and implemented. However, post-colonialism, globalisation, migration and the associated implications for human rights, social justice and social welfare policies contest the idea of a clearly defined space for social work and present new challenges for researchers and practitioners.
Transnational Social Work and Social Welfare argues for the increased importance of the transnational perspective in social work theory and practice. The book challenges the idea of the nation state as a given entity and argues that globalization and an increasing number of people crossing borders must have an impact on the theories and strategies of social work. The international contributors are critical of a restricted focus on a geographically defined space and the impact on work with clients.
With cases covering China, France, India, UK, Germany, Malaysia, Israel, Turkey, the book highlights the challenges as well as the opportunities this new perspective can open up for theories and strategies in social work. It will be of interest to students, researchers and social workers interested in migration, social care, poverty and cultural competency in health and social care.
Table of Contents
1. Transnational Social Work: An Introduction (Beatrix Schwarzer)
2. Social Work as a Human Rights Profession? (Dagmar Oberlies)
3. Towards an Integrated Theoretical Framework for Transnational Social Work (Arvind Kumar Agrawal)
4. International Social Work – an Overview (Ute Straub)
Part 2: Country Profiles
5. Social Welfare and the Development of Professional Social Work in China (Xiaoxiao Xie and Yafang Wang)
6. Social Action in France: Issues and development (Nathalie Jami, Yves Pillant and Nathalie Segura)
7. Social Policy and Social Work in Germany (Ursula Kämmerer-Rütten)
8. Social Welfare and Social Work in Britain (Caroline Humphrey)
9. Evolution of Professional Social Work in India and Transnational Issues faced (Arvind Kumar Agrawal and Asutosh Pradhan)
10. The Development of Social Welfare Services and the Social Work Profession in Israel (Merav Moshe Grodofsky)
11. Social welfare in Malaysia: provision and limitation (Kartini Aboo Talib)
12. The Profile of the Turkish Social Welfare System and Social Work (Sema Buz)
Part 3: Case Studies
13. Educational Inequality in Migrant Children and School Social Work Interventions (Diqing Jiang, Shanmin Peng, Yafang Wang)
14. Migrant Children and Social Work Interventions in India: Comment on the Chinese case study from an Indian perspective (Shewli Kumar)
15. The Response to Educational Inequality between Cities and the Countryside and School Social Services: Comment on the Chinese case study from a Turkish perspective (Uğur Tekin)
16. Refugees and Asylum Seekers in France (Muriel Mellon-Mustafa and Alexandra Schleyer-Lindenmann)
17. Legitimacy versus Legality: Comment on the French case study from a German perspective (Therese Neuer-Miebach)
18. Seeking Refuge in India: Comment on the French case study from an Indian perspective (Sohini Sengupta)
19. Narcotic and psychotropic drugs, transnational intersections and social work with drug users in Germany (Irmgard Vogt)
20. Drug use: Comment on the German case study from a British perspective (John Watson)
21. Drug Use and Health Related Problems among Former Soviet Union Drug Users in Israel: Comment on the German case study from an Israeli perspective (Richard Isralowitz and Alexander Reznik)
22. An Exploration of Issues of Culture and Diversity within England’s Statutory Child Protection System (Adrian Braithwaite and Sarah Cresswell)
23. Refugee resettlement and child protection in France: Comment on the British case study from a French perspective (Nathalie Durand-Le Zallic)
24. Child Protection in a Multicultural Context: Comment on the British case study from an Israeli perspective (Yochay Nadan)
25. Jyoti’s Case – A study on Transnational Advocacy (Abha Bhaiya)
26. Combating Violence against women: Transnational Perspectives on Social Work in Germany: Comment on the Indian case study from a German perspective (Ute Zillig)
27. Transnational Advocacy Networks: The examples of APWLD and NCWO: Comment on the Indian case study from a Malayan perspective (Rashila Ramli)
28. Elderly People in a War Zone in Israel: The Impact of Community Resources on Psychological Well-being and Life Review Intervention in a Resilience Center (Irit Regev)
29. Elderly People with Cancer in Hospital in Shanghai, China: Comment on the Israeli case study from a Chinese perspective (Fang Yang and Ziqian Xu)
30. Ageing and Conflict Outside and Behind your Front Door: Comment on the Israeli case study from a British perspective (Charlotte L. Clarke)
31. Migrant workers: Statute limitation and the missing social work (Kartini Aboo Talib)
32. Domestic Migrant workers in China: Silent victims and Social work intervention: Comment on the Malayan case study from a Chinese perspective (Diqing Jiang)
33. Feminisation of Migration - Migration in a Changing World: Comment on the Malayan case study from a Turkish perspective (Uğur Tekin)
34. Returnees: Neither There nor Here, at ARAF (Filiz Demiröz)
35. Here and There: Transnational Lives of Migrant Workers and their Families: Comment on the Turkish case study from a German perspective (Lena Inowlocki)
36. Comparative Experiences of Migrants in Asia: Comment on the Turkish case study from a Malayan perspective (Rashila Ramli)
Part 4: Last thoughts - and yet another perspective!
37. Crossing boundaries within and without: The journey of a feminist activist (Abha Bhaiya)
Beatrix Schwarzer is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Health and Social Work at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Ursula Kämmerer-Rütten is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Health and Social Work at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Alexandra Schleyer-Lindenmann is Associate Professor of Psychology at the Science Faculty of Aix-Marseille University, France.
Yafang Wang is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Work, Shanghai University, China.
The carefully edited volume impresses with the diversity of the authors, the attachment as a discourse with perspectives beyond Western Europe. Even if case studies and commentaries were not always strictly related to each other, vivid or comparative: it is a substantial, noteworthy, even transnational stimulus.
- Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Berg, Socialnet, (2017)