Journal Article

Transatlantic Transfers in Social Work: Contributions of Three Pioneers

Rebecca L. Hegar

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 38, issue 4, pages 716-733
Published in print June 2008 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online March 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Transatlantic Transfers in Social Work: Contributions of Three Pioneers

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Internationalism has been a prominent theme in the transatlantic history of social reform, and many pioneering social workers championed the causes of peace, war relief, human rights, and international avenues for dispute resolution. For some, internationalism was inseparable from social welfare. Jane Addams in the United States, Alice Masaryk of Czechoslovakia, and Alice Salomon of Germany were central figures during the early 20th century in transatlantic campaigns for social reform and international co-operation, as well as in the emergence of social work. This article draws from letters, autobiographies, and published works of these three pioneers to reconstruct their social networks and to examine their contributions to the transatlantic transfer of knowledge. International diffusion of thought and practice has high salience for a profession embracing change in the 21st century.

Keywords: social welfare history; internationalism; Czech Republic; Germany; United States

Journal Article.  6682 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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