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Social work and global health inequalities

Paul Bywaters, Eileen McLeod and Lindsey Napier

in Social work and global health inequalities

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/9781847421951.003.0001
Social work and global health inequalities

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This book explores health inequalities as a central global issue for social work. Authors drawn from many countries analyse key questions and practice and policy initiatives, to develop understanding of social work's contribution to addressing this profound and pervasive social problem. Direct interventions with individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations are considered, together with policy formulation, service design, and development, research, and education. The book also takes a holistic view of health, emphasising the interconnectedness of psychological or emotional well-being and physical dimensions to health. This chapter examines the nature and extent of global health inequalities as a product of social inequalities, outlines how social work is engaged in producing and combating health inequalities across the life course, and shows why social-work action to tackle health inequalities has to be understood in the context of neoliberal globalisation.

Keywords: health inequalities; social work; social inequalities; families; communities; globalisation; well-being

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