This chapter introduces the main themes in the book, including defining key terms such as 'international social work'; 'social professions'; 'comparative social welfare'. It differentiates between international social work as a specialism and international and comparative perspectives on local social work and analyses relevant concepts and issues related to varied terminology. It also suggests some contextual factors relevant to international social work, including demographic trends in the global population. It concludes with a rationale for the structure of the handbook and summary of contents.
|Title of host publication||The SAGE handbook of international social work|
|Editors||Karen Lyons, Terry Hokenstad, Manohar Pawar, Nathalie Huegler, Nigel Hall|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||SAGE Publications Ltd|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|