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45 Int'l Soc. Work 5 (2002)

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International Social Work 45(1): 5-6

Sage Publications: London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi
0020-8728[200201]45:1;5-6; 021034


Usually the challenge in writing the Editorial is in choosing from
among  several themes that emerge  from the articles published in
each edition. This time it is quite different for wherever I start
I find myself drawn to the terrible events of September 11, 2001,
which  has changed  our lives, our attitudes and our perceptions
about  security in this part of the world. We are aware that for
colleagues living in other parts of the world, terrorism has been a
part of one's daily life for many decades, but this is a new reality
for us in North America.
  It is evident that the September event had, and still has, inter-
national implications, and since we are an international journal we
need to reflect on its implications for us. As I wrestled with the
various aspects of  this new  form  of international activity the
theme that emerged  for me was the phenomonon   of size. We have
long lived in a climate where the importance of things was measured
by size, where big is better. Thus, the big country, the big weapons,
the big company and the big budget is by definition better. However,
we have now learned that a score of individuals using the technology
of our daily lives can impact on the whole world in the most horren-
dous manner.  Perhaps we  have all overstressed the importance of
bigness and underestimated  the potential of smallness. Small we
have long said is beautiful, but small is also powerful.
  How  does this apply to us? We are a small journal in many ways if
one uses size, circulation budget and staff, as the unit of measure-
ment. But  we are also a journal that has had an important inter-
national impact  over our 45 years  of existence. By providing a
medium  where  colleagues from all parts of the world and from all
manner  of settings can share their ideas, experiences, learning and
challenges in a collegial environment, we manifest the potential of
the small unit to be an agent of social change. What has been par-
ticularly satisfying to me in recent years in regard to our journal
has been  the steadily widening sources of the articles we receive
and publish. If one reviews the articles included in the last two or

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