Social work between "Westernization" and "nationalization": The transnational perspective on social work in post-socialist/post-Soviet states

Sofiya An

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Abstract

The development of social work as an integral component of social policy reform in post-socialist and post-Soviet countries has been shaped by transnational actors. Therefore, post-socialist social work, among other challenges, faces the task of finding its position between national and international fields. This paper seeks to examine post-socialist/post-Soviet social work in relation to (a) the national, context-specific, indigenous social work and (b) international, universal, Western social work. To develop my argument, I begin with a sketch of the post-socialist/post-Soviet sociohistorical context with an emphasis on the transnational influence on the development of social work. Then the dominant and alternative perspectives on post-socialist transformation are outlined. The discussion of the ongoing debate over international social work follows, focusing on arguments most relevant to this paper’s objective. I conclude by making the case for a transnational perspective on social work in post-socialist/post-Soviet countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe world atlas of social work
EditorsChristiane Bahr, Hans Guenther Homofieldt, Christian Shroeder, Wolfgang Schroer, Cornelia Schweppe
PublisherWeinheim/München: BELTZ Juventa
Pages120-136
ISBN (Print)978-3-7799-2892-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • social work

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    An, S. (2014). Social work between "Westernization" and "nationalization": The transnational perspective on social work in post-socialist/post-Soviet states. In C. Bahr, H. G. Homofieldt, C. Shroeder, W. Schroer, & C. Schweppe (Eds.), The world atlas of social work (pp. 120-136). Weinheim/München: BELTZ Juventa.