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International Social Work and Social Welfare: Middle East and North Africa

John R. Graham and Alean Al-Krenawi

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.569

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North African and Middle Eastern nations have an 80-year history with social work, based on colonial, imported models of practice. There is some success in localizing social work to immediate communities. Social welfare tends to be instrumental, selective, and not comprehensive. Colonialism has hurt political institutions; and geopolitical conflicts, socioeconomic inequality, poverty, and political repression also influence parameters of social work and social change.

Keywords: North Africa; Middle East; social work; social welfare; Islam; colonialism; social and economic conditions

Article.  2928 words. 

Subjects: International and Global Issues in Social Work ; Social Work Macro Practice ; Social Work Practice Settings ; Race and Ethnicity ; Occupations, Professions, and Work

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