Professional Ideologies and Preferences in Social Work
A Global Study
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Since first being practiced more than a century ago, social work has become an international profession and is today an integral part of the social services in many different countries. However, as Weiss, Gal, Dixon, and their contributors make clear, there is a distinct lack of ideological consensus over the goals, tasks, desired technologies, major client groups, the preferred sector in which to operate, and a variety of other issues. Throughout its history, social work has undergone a constant process of change; nonetheless, despite the existence of a common professional core, social work is quite clearly socially constructed and takes very different forms in the various national settings throughout the world.
This book provides the first large-scale cross-national and cross-cultural examination of the views and perceptions of social workers through an analysis of graduating social worker students at the threshold of their careers in social work. The country chapters identify and analyze the graduating social work students' attitudes towards the sources of social distress, the preferred ways to deal with social problems, the goals of social work, and their professional preferences with regard to client groups, types of professional activity, and place of work. Experts on social work provide analyses on Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Zimbabawe.
Preface Research Design and Methodology by Idit Weiss, John Gal, and John Dixon Australia by Bill Healy and David Cox Brazil by Maria do Carmo Brant de Carvalho, Mariangela Belfiori Wanderley, and Patricia Teixeira Mendes Canada by Hugh Shewell Germany by David Kramer, Rolf Landwehr, and Bernd Kolleck Hong Kong by C. W. Lam and Cecilia L. W. Chan Hungary by Agnes Darvas and Gabor Hegyesi Israel by Idit Weiss and John Gal United Kingdom by Johanna Woodcock United States by Charles Zastrow and Tim Reutebuch Zimbabwe by Edwin Kaseke and Perpetua Gumbo Professional Ideologies and Preferences: A Global and Comparative Perspective by John Dixon, Idit Weiss, and John Gal Index About the Contributors
JOHN GAL is a Senior Lecturer in the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work at the Hebrew University.
JOHN DIXON is Professor of International Social Work at the University of Plymouth.