The book sets out to explore in a disciplined, conceptually clear way, the development of social work programs within higher education in Southeast Asia and East Asia, by offering an account of how social work education has emerged and finds its present place in the historical, economic, political, urban/rural and higher education contexts of Southeast and East Asia, and in relation to such wider national ‘programs.’ Our aim is not to provide a catalogue of the development of social work and social work education country by country, 1 but to frame social work within national histories, governmentalities and social and cultural regimes of truth.