Journal Article

Social Work Practice in Conflict-Ridden Areas: Cultural Sensitivity Is Not Enough

Nehami Baum

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 5, pages 873-891
Published in print July 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl050
Social Work Practice in Conflict-Ridden Areas: Cultural Sensitivity Is Not Enough

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This paper tries to raise awareness of the distortions that violent political conflict may introduce into social work practice with members of the rival community, and proposes training guidelines for social workers to help reduce those distortions. The understanding of the impact of political conflict on practice is based on the Israeli–Palestinian experience. The suggestions regarding what social workers should be aware of when practising in situations of political conflict, however, and the training guidelines that are offered can apply to practice in other conflict-ridden areas worldwide.

Keywords: cultural sensitivity; conflict-ridden areas; social work practice; Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Journal Article.  8996 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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