International Perspectives on Social Work and Political Conflict provides an important basis for readers to recognise and understand the unique and specialist role that social workers have played and continue to play in international contexts of political conflict. Social workers make an important contribution in these difficult and sometimes dangerous situations across all continents. This book highlights the importance of social work in these very challenging contexts.

The first part of this book includes four chapters that summarise the existing knowledge base. The second part focuses on a case study of Northern Ireland where, for the first time, a detailed examination of the social work role was completed which involved researching the views of social work practitioners, managers and educators. Part three then draws together international experts in the field who have written chapters on those regions where social workers have been dealing with long standing periods of political conflict.

At a time when violent conflagrations are currently a feature of many countries and regions across the continents of the world, this book offers a critical view of the social work role in these contexts and should thus be considered essential reading for all social work academics, students and professionals working in conflict-affected societies.

chapter |7 pages


chapter 3|7 pages

Normalising the abnormal

Two accounts of social work practice during the conflict in Northern Ireland

chapter 4|12 pages

The Northern Irish study

Voices of Social Work through the Troubles

chapter 6|14 pages

Critical reflection on the social work experiences in Northern Ireland

Perspectives from Bosnia and Herzegovina

chapter 7|15 pages

Social work and the Cyprus problem

The challenges of reconciliation in de facto divided and crisis-ridden societies

chapter 8|16 pages

The Israeli Context

chapter 9|18 pages

Social work in Palestine

An emerging profession in an emerging state

chapter 11|14 pages


Social work, conflict and change in a post-Soviet independent state

chapter 13|13 pages

Understanding the social work role in war and conflict

Towards global validation, shared learning and policy development