Internationellt socialt arbete : definitioner och perspektivval i historisk belysning

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Internationellt socialt arbete : definitioner och perspektivval i historisk belysning
Author(s) Righard, Erica
Date 2013
English abstract
Social workers increasingly encounter individuals and groups who live their life oriented towards and sometimes even anchored in places in two or more countries. They also face situations and social problems that cannot be understood solely from a local perspective. This development has nourished the interest in international social work, which is growing in importance today. In spite of this growing interest there is a lack of a coherent definition of international social work. Due to this situation it is appropriate to review existing definitions of international social work and their underlying theoretical assumptions. The first definitions of international social work appeared in the 1940s in the shadow of the Second World War. These were based on a western understanding of social work and on modernization theory. A second wave of theory development came about from the late 1960s as societal power hierarchies and critical theory were brought to the fore in popular and academic debates. Globalization and the increased dependency between different parts of the world are of profound significance for ongoing theory development. This article shows that, while the first definitions of international social work were reduced to considering cross-border dimensions, over time inter-cultural dimensions have become an integral part of international social work. In what is today sometimes called transnational social work, the cross-border and cross-cultural dimensions of international social work are conflated. The article also shows how earlier discussions and dilemmas are reproduced in ongoing discussions. The article orgaanizes different theoretical positions in a table and hopes to stimulate further discussion of international social work.
Swedish abstract
Internationellt socialt arbete röner idag allt mer uppmärksamhet. Det finns emellertid inte någon enhetlig syn på vad som utgör internationellt socialt arbete. Denna artikel bidrar med en historisk genomgång av vilka antaganden olika definitioner utgår från och vilka konsekvenserna av dessa perspektivval är.
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Publisher FORSA - Förbundet för forskning i socialt arbete
Host/Issue Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift;2
Volume 20
ISSN 1104-1420
Pages 127-146
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) internationellt socialt arbete
internationell migration
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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