Green Social Work: From Environmental Crises to Environmental Justice

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Polity, Jul 2, 2012 - Political Science - 244 pages
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Social work is the profession that claims to intervene to enhance people's well-being. However, social workers have played a low-key role in environmental issues that increasingly impact on people's well-being, both locally and globally.

This compelling new contribution confronts this topic head-on, examining environmental issues from a social work perspective. Lena Dominelli draws attention to the important voice of practitioners working on the ground in the aftermath of environmental disasters, whether these are caused by climate change, industrial accidents or human conflict. The author explores the concept of ‘green social work' and its role in using environmental crises to address poverty and other forms of structural inequalities, to obtain more equitable allocations of limited natural resources and to tackle global socio-political forces that have a damaging impact upon the quality of life of poor and marginalized populations at local levels. The resolution of these matters is linked to community initiatives that social workers can engage in to ensure that the quality of life of poor people can be enhanced without costing the Earth.

This important book will appeal to those in the fields of social work, social policy, sociology and human geography. It powerfully reveals how environmental issues are an integral part of social work's remit if it is to retain its currency in the modern world and emphasize its relevance to the social issues that societies have to resolve in the twenty-first century.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Professional Crisis within Social and Environmental Calamities
19
Reclaiming Industrialization and Urbanization for People
42
Industrial Pollution Environmental Degradation and Peoples Resilience
63
Climate Change Renewable Energy and Solving Social Problems
84
Environmental Crises Social Conflict and Mass Migrations
105
Environmental Degradation Natural Disasters and Marginalization
127
Scarce Natural Resourcesand InterCountry Conflict Resolution
150
Interrogating World Views From Unsustainable to Sustainable Ways of Reframing Peoples Relationships to Living Environments
171
Conclusions Green Social Work
193
Bibliography
208
Author index
228
Subject index
234
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Lena Dominelli is Professor of Applied Social Sciences in the School of Applied Social Sciences, and Associate Director of the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Research at Durham University.

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