Setting the Scene

Nathalie Huegler, Karen Lyons, Manohar Pawar

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSage handbook of international social work
EditorsKaren Lyons, Terry Hokenstad, Manohar Pawar, Nathalie Huegler, Nigel Hall
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)9780857023339
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Huegler, N., Lyons, K., & Pawar, M. (2012). Setting the Scene. In K. Lyons, T. Hokenstad, M. Pawar, N. Huegler, & N. Hall (Eds.), Sage handbook of international social work (1 ed., pp. 1-33). SAGE Publications Ltd.