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The SAGE Handbook of Social Work

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The SAGE Handbook of Social Work

Mel Gray & James Midgley & Stephen A. Webb

Pub. date: 2012 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781446247648 | Print ISBN: 9781849207515 | Online ISBN: 9781446247648 | Publisher:SAGE Publications Ltd

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Chapter 1: Social Work, Social Policy, and Welfarism

David G. Gil

Social work, social policy, and welfarism Social work and welfarism evolved as societal responses to systemic social injustice and social-structural ‘ill-fare’. To understand social work and welfarism, one has, therefore, to unravel the origins, functions, and dynamics of social and global injustice and social ill-fare. To do so, this chapter examines the following: 1 human needs as a frame of reference for individual and social development, well-being, and social and global justice; 2 meanings of social and global justice; 3 socially just communities and human nature; 4 universal dimensions of social policy systems; 5 emergence and spread of social injustice through coercive, undemocratic processes from local to global levels: oppression, domination, and exploitation; 6 economic systems, social justice, and social injustice; 7 welfarism and social work; and 8 social justice model of social work. Like all living beings, humans tend to grow and develop spontaneously, and to ‘fare well’ when ...

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