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31 Int'l Soc. Work 3 (1988)

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One  of the ever-astonishing aspects of life in the 1980s is the
rapidity of change and complexity of issues in our world. Each
morning  as I drive to work I am able to pick up the BBC  news
from London.  These broadcasts frequently speak of issues from an
international perspective, often of places in the world which I
would not be able to find on a map.
  As  I listen to these descriptions of events, often concerning
riots, rebellions and human suffering, I wonder about  our col-
leagues living in these areas, and of the complex roles and difficult
challenges that they face during these events. I was brought face to
face with some of these realities last month on a brief visit to Chile
where I met many colleagues practising in very difficult situations.
  I raise this question of dramatic practice situations and rapidly
changing sociopolitical realities for a very direct reason related to
the function of our Journal. In the past we have tended to publish
articles which have a comparative and analytic quality to provide
an opportunity to look at common   issues across a broad inter-
national spectrum. This we must continue to do.
  However,   I think it equally important that we seek  articles
which describe events, or deal with those many atypical situations
which  occur with  consistent regularity in various parts of the
world. I urge this for several reasons. First I think we should all be
aware  of the practice and policy realities with which our col-
leagues deal, which are dramatically different from the stereo-
typical picture of 'standard social work practice'. So often in these
situations persons are not aware that they are engaged in dramati-
cally innovative practice which could be of assistance in further-
ing our knowledge and skill. Our colleagues at times seem to want
to apologize for what they are doing rather than appreciating that
they  indeed are advancing  practice knowledge   and  skill, not
impeding  it. Further I think a journal such as ours has a responsi-
bility to record for history some of these important societal events
in which our profession has played a part. This for no other reason

International Social Work (SAGE, London, Newbury Park, Beverly Hills and New
Delhi), Vol. 31 (1988), 3-4.

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