Social Work in Europe: Race and Ethnic Relations

Social Work in Europe: Race and Ethnic Relations

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Overview

It is an acknowledged if not accepted fact that all European societies are being fundamentally transformed, and indeed perceptively unsettled, by increased migrations across nations and by the asserted presence of established minorities within their borders. The scale and speed at which these transformations have taken place have brought in their wake considerable social impacts and no small measure of fear and anxiety.

Encounters with such diversity are part and parcel of the social work task, and learning how to negotiate them should be a de facto aspect of the training and continuous professional development of social workers and other social professions. However, the moral and political dimensions of the role, scope and nature of the social work task in responding appropriately to these changed and changing realities are rather more contested. This volume addresses many dimensions of the response to issues of race and ethnicity in social work practice in Europe. It extends the debates on inter-cultural and race equality practice in social work through a stimulating and innovative collection of contributions.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the European Journal of Social Work.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415693769
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/30/2012
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 9.69(h) x (d)

About the Author

Charlotte Williams is Professor of Social Justice and Head of the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice at Keele University, UK. She is co-author of Race and Ethnicity in a Welfare Society (2010).

Mekada Graham is Director and Associate Professor of Social Work at California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA. She is the author of Black Issues in Social Work and Social Care (2007).

Table of Contents

Foreword 1. Travelling Hopefully: Race/Ethnic Relations and Social Work: A Transnational Dialogue Charlotte Williams and Mekada Graham 2. Whiteness and the politics of ‘race’ in child protection guidelines in Ireland Alastair Christie 3. Redefining relations among minority users and social workers Marianne Hedlund and Anne Moe 4. Swedish experience of sheltered housing and conflicting theories in use with special regards to honour related violence Eva Wikstrom & Mehdi Ghazinour 5. Attempting to mainstream ethnicity in a multi-country EU mental health and social inclusion project: lessons for social work Shulamit Ramon, Peter Ryan & Mojca Urek 6. Equality-of-oppressions and anti-discriminatory models in social work: reflections from the USA and UK Mekada Graham & Jerome H. Schiele 7. Swedish welfare responses to ethnicity: the case of children and their families Keith Pringle 8. Theatre enriching social work with immigrants – the case of a Finnish multicultural theatre group Marika Westerling & Synnove Karvinen-Niinikoski 9. Traps of humanitarian aid: observations from a village community in Sri Lanka Bogdan Lesnik & Mojca Urek 10. What about the influence of Dutch culture on integration? Anne Gordijn Conclusion

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