European Social Policy and Social Work: Citizenship-Based Social Work

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Routledge, Sep 10, 2009 - Medical - 200 pages
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European Social Policy and Social Work explores shifts in international social policies and how they affect national trends and thus the context for social work practice.

The book discusses international and national social work strategies and practice and investigates the responsibilities for social welfare held by the state, the market and civil society. Hans van Ewijk then elaborates a new concept of citizenship-based social work which supports and encourages self-responsibility, social responsibility and the implementation of social rights. The main themes covered are:

  • international social policy and social work
  • from welfare to workfare
  • citizenship
  • essentials of citizenship based social work
  • community policy and community work
  • social work and alternative areas of activity such as youth care and social care.

Integrating different roots and social professions in an overarching new concept, this book particularly looks at European Union countries. Hans van Ewijk examines debates regarding social work as an internationally recognised profession and science.

This book is suitable for social work students, academics and professionals with an interest in social policy and international social work.


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International social work and international social policy
From welfare to workfare
Citizenship and civil society discourse
Marshall and the discourse on social citizenship
excluding and including tendency to social citizenship
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Community policy and community work
Other fields of activity
Social work as a profession research and science
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Hans van Ewijk is Professor of Social Policy and Social Work and Chair of the Research Centre for Social Innovation at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. He was recently appointed as Endowed Professor at the University for Humanistics at Utrecht for the Chair of Social Work Theory and is also Visiting Professor at Tartu University, Estonia. He is a former president of the International Council on Social Welfare Europe.

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