European Social Work – A Compendium

Edited by Fabian Kessl, Walter Lorenz, Hans-Uwe Otto, and Sue White

Barbara Budrich Publishers

European Social Work – A Compendium

Pub Date: March 2019

ISBN: 9783847401476

500 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $124.00

European Social Work – A Compendium

Edited by Fabian Kessl, Walter Lorenz, Hans-Uwe Otto, and Sue White

Barbara Budrich Publishers

This publication takes stock of the fundamental developments transforming social work in Europe at the beginning of the twenty-first century. A European standard of social work has already emerged, but models for future European social work are absent. Therefore this compendium gives an overview of the current transformations for the first time, discusses the visible and invisible changes, and maps out where social work is positioned in the emerging post-welfare states.

The compendium combines theoretical analysis of prevailing trends in European social policies with perspectives on emergent and future forms of professional social work practice. It sets standards for a new decade of European social policy initiatives in which social workers are centrally involved. While not advocating the standardization and harmonization of social work education and methodology, the book presents a positive image of European social work as a paradigm for the development of theoretically grounded and universally oriented models of contemporary social work. Such a vision is sorely needed for the future development not only of social work, but of future welfare arrangements in Europe.

In view of these challenges, the compendium aims at providing background information to readers, which makes (future) professionals and policy makers capable of and competent in participating actively in processes of social policy formulation and practice transformation at all levels. In each chapter, international experts give an overview of different aspects of the current transformation process and explain where social work is headed in the emerging post-welfare states.

About the Author

Fabian Kessl is professor of social work at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

Walter Lorenz is professor of applied social sciences and rector of the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano, Italy.

Hans-Uwe Otto is senior research professor of social work and chair of the Bielefeld Center of Education and Capability Research at the University of Bielefeld, Germany and adjunct professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sue White is professor of social work for children and families at the School of Social Policy, Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham.

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