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52 Int'l Soc. Work 5 (2009)

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International Social Work 52(1): 5-8p

Sage Publications: Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC
DOI: 10.1177/0020872808100684


The  first issue of a new volume usually provides scope to look ahead
with optimism.  However,  the economic  downturn  that hit the USA
last year - and which has since spread to the other countries including
European  and Asian markets - has resulted in a period of considerable
uncertainty and pessimism. The 'recession' illustrates both the intercon-
nectedness of the world economy  and the impact of financial markets
on the daily lives of millions of citizens. This situation has led to some
questioning of the dominant ideology of capitalism and the lack of reg-
ulation of financial institutions by a minority of voices. However, at the
time of writing there is no indication of serious challenges to a system
which  is now truly global since its extension to Central and Eastern
European  (CEE) and Former  Soviet Union (FSU) countries - and more
recently China.
  Of course, social workers and those working in the social develop-
ment field are familiar with the unremitting effects of absolute or even
relative poverty, and some of these issues were addressed in the special
issue on poverty and social development we produced  last year. Cur-
rent conditions have since brought new groups into poverty, and the
resources available to tackle associated problems such as homelessness
or poor health have been even further diminished, particularly in rela-
tion to the activities of non-governmental organizations. In relation to
health, we shall be producing a special issue with a focus on inequalities
in access to health care and the role of social and development workers
in this field later this year. We are also looking forward to an issue on
a more  obviously 'international' aspect of social work, namely, inter-
country adoption.
  Turning  to this issue, we had not planned to have a special issue
on social work education but, since we regularly receive submissions
about different aspects of this area, we decided to group some of them
together in a themed issue. The later papers in this issue link to a sub-
theme related to development of services for children and young people
in selected places and circumstances.

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