Social Work: Book Series

Indigenous and Environmental Social Work

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Sustainability is the social justice issue of the century. This series adopts a global and interdisciplinary approach to explore the impact of the harmful relationship between humans and the environment in relation to social work practice and theory.

It will offer cutting-edge analysis, pioneering case studies and current theoretical perspectives concerning the examination and treatment of social justice issues created by a disregard for non-Western cultures and environmental detachment. The books will examine a broad range of subjects, from indigenous social work practice, to applications of green social work, to the social worker’s response to natural disasters, all connected by a commitment to indigenous and environmentally relevant social work. They will show an engagement with disciplines such as sociology, law, science and technology, religion and spirituality, critical studies, public policy, crisis management and political policy, and in doing so encourage a transdisciplinary conversation with the aim of promoting practical action.

This series contains books invaluable to students, researchers and practitioners in a world where environmental exploitation and an ignorance of indigenous peoples is violating the principles of social justice. Key theoretical, methodology and services issues and challenges in indigenous and environmental social work are reviewed, as are the ways in which adaptation can lead to more effective practices.

Hilary Weaver is a professor and associate dean for Academic Affairs in the SUNY University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She received her BA in social work with a focus in cross-cultural studies from Antioch College and her MSW and DSW from Columbia University. Her teaching, research and service focus on cultural issues in the helping process with an emphasis on indigenous populations. Weaver has received funding from the National Cancer Institute to develop and test a culturally-grounded wellness curriculum for urban Native American youth, the Healthy Living in Two Worlds program. She is a member of NASW and CSWE and currently serves as President of the American Indian Alaska Native Social Work Educators’ Association. Weaver has presented her work regionally, nationally and internationally including presenting at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations on several occasions. She has numerous publications including Explorations in Cultural Competence: Journeys to the Four Directions (2005) and an edited book, Social Issues in Contemporary Native America: Reflections from Turtle Island (2014).