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32 Int'l Soc. Work 5 (1989)

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The various articles that are submitted to this journal appear to fall
into four categories. There are those whose goal is to compare and
contrast specific social work or social welfare matters between and
among  countries. Secondly, there are articles which take a more
cosmic view about worldwide developments  in such things as family
life, children, care for the aged, etc., and analyse these from a
philosophical, sociological or political perspective with a focus on the
implications for professional teaching and practice. Thirdly, there are
articles which deal with emerging concepts in a particular area of the
world  such as deinstitutionalization or normalization with com-
mentary  on the aspects of their relevance for social work. The last
type of article, the fourth, has a highly targeted focus, dealing with
specific aspects of practice in specific parts of the world.
  The  articles selected for this edition of International Social Work
clearly reflect this spectrum. As I become increasingly experienced in
the work of the journal and its role and functioning, my conviction
grows that this range of diversity in article types is important. Each
form of article helps us to get a clearer picture of the challenges facing
our profession as we aspire to strengthen an international perspective.
  Ours is an extremely complex and difficult profession in which to
practise from a world perspective. In each of our respective areas of
the world, we are faced with that critical reality that differentiates us
from many  other professions. We have to come to terms with value
issues and  understand them   and their modifications.  We  have
to come  to terms with political differences and their shaping of
social policies and programmes, with socioeconomic  and  cultural
differences among our clients and the resultant challenge of applying
this knowledge and these skills in direct practice with clients. And all
of this needs to be done within a framework of an ongoing, varied and
critical research base.
  What   is intriguing, and indeed satisfying, is to experience the
wealth  of our  knowledge  and  the  diversity of its application
throughout  the world through  submitted articles. We seem to be

International Social Work (SAGE, London, Newbury Park and New Delhi), Vol. 32
(1989), 5-6.

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