21 Int'l Soc. Work 1 (1978)

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EDITORIAL


T HIS issue contains a varied fare. At
      first flush the papers  by  Segal  and
      Jaffe  may  have   scant pertinence  to
international social welfare, but  closer in-
spection  certainly will reveal  their cross-
national meaning.   Segal's keen  analysis of
direct service practice is likely to be help-
ful in any national context where  direct ser-
vice practice is used and therefore can con-
tribute to the improvement of such practices.
Jaffe, while using data from both  Israel and
the  U.S.  without  actually comparing   the
two  countries, addresses a problem  that the
social work profession needs  to face in any
country where  industrialization and urbaniza-
tion have  produced  organizational structures
similar to the ones he describes. By contrast
Ragab   deals  directly with  social welfare
policy issues in  Egypt, thus  helping us  to
increase our  understanding  of welfare  pro-
grams  and  practices of that country in con-
text.  His article also makes us  sensitive to
the  problems of  introducing foreign models
and  patterns, a matter to which more  atten-
tion should  be given  in international social
welfare.   Closely related, yet operating on
a  broader  canvas is the paper by  Elizabeth
Brooks  who  examines  people's  participation
in  social development  in  the Gaspe   area


of Canada   and  in Zambia,  Africa.  Rather
than presenting a  bland picture, she informs
the reader  about  the problems  and  pitfalls
which  tend to be  encountered  not only be-
cause  of  divergent  theoretical orientations
but also  because  of the inevitable idiosyn-
crasies of practice.

   Street Dwellers in Rio  is a  fine addi-
tion  to our  understanding   of  family  life
among   the poor  in Rio by  spelling out the
link between  habitat and  family structure.
While  this piece does  not  specify implica-
tions for program  and  policies, it is never-
theless of  considerable  use  to the  social
work  practitioner because it gives us a base
of  understanding  essential for provision of
services.

   Delgado's  piece   on  Folk  Medicine   in
Puerto Rico is a welcome  contribution to the
sophistication of practitioners who  may  be
ignorant  of or  tend to  overlook  a culture
whose  different lifestyles need to be taken
into account  in  understanding  social func-
tioning.

                          Werner  W.  Boehm
                            Editor-in-Chief.


                            IF   SW NOTICE
International Federation of Social Workers   invites you to their General  Meeting
and  the Fifth Symposium at Tel Aviv, Israel, from August 14-20, 1978.  For details,
please  write to Secretary General,  IFSW,  31  rue  de  I'Athenee, 1206,  Geneva,
Switzerland.

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