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Social Work Concerns and Challenges in the 21 Century

V.V. Devasia (Editor) Ajit Kumar (Editor)
Synopsis Choice of themes and the manner in which they are dealt with is a noteworthy feature of this book. Seven out of the twenty articles are on women. A striking feature is that out of the seven articles four of them discuss the daily work undertaken by women. The traditional images of women as a home maker have given way to a more 'real' and a more authentic picture of women which places issues of livelihood at the heart of the matter. The section on children brings to the fore some problems which publicly remained unacknowledged, even if privately they were known. Issues of women and children are increasingly getting into the public arena. The articles on ageing points to not only demographic changes but also to changes in the structure and function of families as India modernises. Social work in India has yet to outline a conceptual framework for its practice component. The section on the practice part provides an outline of practice with the aged and women. The last section presents the larger context in which social work is practised in India. Strangely enough, six decades after independence and development, distress and displacement are the characteristic features of life in rural India. This raises questions about the very nature of the development process presently underway in the country. What does this book offer to its readers? Today social work in India has moved away from its traditional moorings in the curative model which also was urban-centric. A new model is emerging. This book offers its readers a glimpse of social work as a subtext of Indian complexities.In all twenty articles are collected in this volume. They are thematically divided into five different parts, viz. women, children, ageing, practice and research and the larger context. An essential reading for those interested in understanding issues in social work.
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About the authors

V.V. Devasia

Varghese V. Devasia is Reader at Tirpude College of Social Work, Nagpur University, Nagpur. His books include Criminology, Victimology and Corrections and Human Rights and Victimology

Ajit Kumar

Dr. Ajit Kumar did his M.A. from Deccan College, Pune University, P.G. Diploma in Archaeology from School of Archeology, ASI, New Delhi and PhD from Tamil University, Thanjavur.

He started his vareer in the Archaeoliogical Survey of India. Today, he heads the Department of Archaeology, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, founded by him in 1997.

His field of interest included archaeology, art history and rock-art studies.

He has presented papers in several national and international seminars and conferences. As part of his academic work he has also visited counties like Iran, Sri Lanka and Italy.

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Title Social Work Concerns and Challenges in the 21 Century
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8131304679
length xx+326p.