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.
|Title of host publication||The world atlas of social work|
|Editors||Christiane Bahr, Hans Guenther Homofieldt, Christian Shroeder, Wolfgang Schroer, Cornelia Schweppe|
|Publisher||Weinheim/München: BELTZ Juventa|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- social work
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.