Importance Of Social Work

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Increasingly, a growing divide is taking place between calls for a global, by and large homogeneous social work, and different, locally situated, social work practices. However, little of the debate rests on systematic data on how social workers in different socio-political and cultural settings actually go about their trade and why. This article begins filling in this lacuna by examining social work “in action” in Botswana to see whether indeed we need to relate to social work as one or more professional bodies of practice. In 1991, Giddens identified globalization as ‘a term which must have a key position in the lexicon of the social sciences’ (p. 21) and, rarely left behind, social work adopted it too. Today we hear, therefore, of terms like “international”, “transnational”, and “global” social work that, although subject to different interpretations, all imply, and often call for, the convergence of social work practice worldwide (Trevillion, 1997; Cox, 2000; Khan and Dominelli, 2000; Penna, Paylor and Washington, 2000; Ife, 2000). Undertakings by the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) at establishing global educational contents and ethical standards for all social workers underscore this orientation still further. Concomitantly, an increasing number of voices, especially but not only in developing countries (and paradoxically, at times, the very same sources), are calling for
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