Negotiating the transnational politics of social work in post-conflict and transition contexts: reflections from south-east Europe

Stubbs, Paul and Maglajlic, Reima Ana (2012) Negotiating the transnational politics of social work in post-conflict and transition contexts: reflections from south-east Europe. British Journal of Social Work, 42 (6). pp. 1174-1191. ISSN 0045-3102

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Abstract

Based on the pre-war, war and post-war experiences of social work and social welfare reform in south-east Europe, particularly the former Yugoslavia, the authors reflect on the reasons for some of the paradoxes regarding the politicisation of social work over the past two decades, given the centrality of political factors in both the conflict and post-conflict environments. The text explores the often neglected history of social work and social welfare in former Yugoslavia prior to the 1990s. It then addresses the dominance of ‘psycho-social’ and medicalised approaches to welfare during the war and, finally, examines the role of international organisations in supporting welfare reform in the post-war period. The latter two periods include examples from the authors’ own practice. Based on these experiences and the available literature, the text emphasises the need for a longer-term engagement in war and post-war communities, based on practices that build alliances between social workers, community activists and service users.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Political conflict social work politicisation of social work community work service user involvement south-east Europe, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, international organisations
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0040 Social service. Social work. Charity organization and practice Including social case work, private and public relief, institutional care, rural social work, work relief
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Depositing User: Michael Davy
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2013 10:15
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2013 08:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45760
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