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Social work and global health inequalities

Edited by Paul Bywaters, Eileen McLeod and Lindsey Napier

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421951
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303541 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421951.001.0001
Social work and global health inequalities

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Tackling inequalities in health is an essential social-work task. Every day, social workers grapple with the impact on people's lives of the social inequalities that shape their health chances and experience. This book examines the relationship between social work and health inequalities in the context of globalisation. Based on the practice expertise and research of social workers from developing and developed countries worldwide and using specific examples, it demonstrates the relevance of health inequalities to social-work practice and policy across the lifecourse; analyses barriers to good health that result from global social, economic, environmental, and political trends; and develops core ideas on how social workers can act to combat negative effects of globalisation by adopting a health-inequalities lens. The book is a snapshot of a new global social work that is responsive to local conditions and circumstances but seeks partners in the international struggle for equity, rights, and social justice.

Keywords: health inequalities; social work; social workers; social inequalities; health chances; globalisation; good health; equity; rights; social justice

Book.  320 pages.  Illustrated.

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The right to health: illusion or possibility? in Social work and global health inequalities

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Health, equity and social justice in Social work and global health inequalities

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Health and the environment in Social work and global health inequalities

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Reproduction in the global marketplace in Social work and global health inequalities

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Laying the foundations for good health in childhood in Social work and global health inequalities

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Violence, abuse and health in Social work and global health inequalities

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Framing health inequalities as targets for social work in Social work and global health inequalities

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