Contigent on context? Social work and the state in Australia, Britian and the USA

McDonald, C 2003, 'Contigent on context? Social work and the state in Australia, Britian and the USA', British Journal of Social Work, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 191-208.


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Title Contigent on context? Social work and the state in Australia, Britian and the USA
Author(s) McDonald, C
Year 2003
Journal name British Journal of Social Work
Volume number 33
Issue number 2
Start page 191
End page 208
Total pages 18
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract The notion that social work is an international profession, operating with generally similar goals, methodologies, and common values is considered critically. Examining the political and social contexts of three countries with liberal democratic governments - Australia, Britain and the United States - the role of social work within the welfare processes of each country is compared. While social work as an identifiable professional activity shares some features, it is argued that the idea of its having a core essence needs to be tempered with a realistic assessment of the importance of contextually created difference. Recent and rapid developments in the institutional context, such as those experienced in these three countries, further underscore the limited utility of the notion of a common professional project.
Keyword(s) social work
welfare
common professional project
Australia
Britain
United States
DOI - identifier 10.1093/bjsw/33.2.191
ISSN 0045-3102
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