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Social work for critical peace: A comparative approach to understanding social work and political conflict

Campbell, Jim and Ioakimidis, Vasilios and Maglajlic, Reima Ana (2018) 'Social work for critical peace: A comparative approach to understanding social work and political conflict.' European Journal of Social Work. ISSN 1369-1457

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Abstract

This paper uses a case study approach to explore issues of social work policy and practice in three sites of political conflict in Europe: Northern Ireland; Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Cyprus. It begins with a review of the international literature on social work and political conflict and then discusses the strengths and limitations in engaging with comparative case study approaches. The authors explain how they view the writing of the paper as an intellectual encounter that helped establish the beginning stages of their comparative analysis. This starts with an analysis of the existing knowledge base about the three case studies that each share similar patterns of colonial histories, political and community conflict and the social work response. The second part of the paper extends this analysis to a critique of the impact of neo-liberal social and economic policies that often adversely impact upon the role of social workers in resolving conflict and building peace. The paper concludes with an appeal for social work to rediscover its rights-based role in working with victims and survivors of political conflict, what the authors describe as: ‘social work for critical peace’.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 12:47
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2019 01:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21442

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