Globalization, Social Justice, and the Helping Professions

Edited by William Roth & Katharine Briar-Lawson

Subjects: Sociology, Psychotherapy, Social Change, Social Problems, Education
Paperback : 9781438432205, 274 pages, April 2011
Hardcover : 9781438432212, 274 pages, April 2011

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Table of contents

Section I
1. Globalization: Setting the Stage for a Social Justice Agenda
Katharine Briar-Lawson, William Roth, Blase Briar Bonpane III, Maria Onetti-Bischoff, and Daniel Roth

2. Contextualizing the Helping Professions
Daniel Roth and William Roth

3. Collaborative, Democratic Professionalism Aimed at Mobilizing Citizens to Address Globalization’s Challenges and Opportunities
Hal A. Lawson

Section II

4. Economics, Transnational Corporations, and Social Justice
William Roth

5. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
Nancy Claiborne

6. Globalization: Effects on the Welfare State and Social Policy
William Roth

Section III

7. Globalization and Africa: Development Challenges and Implications for Helping Professionals
Shirley J. Jones and Sandra A. Austin

8. Analyzing the Impact of Globalization on Latin America: Five Research and Teaching Strategies Derived from Political Economy
Fernando Leiva

Section IV

9. Children, Landmines and the Cycle of Trauma: A Cause for Humanity
Starr Wood and Deborah Reyome

10. Globalization and Disability: Disability Service Sectors for the Twenty-first Century
Susan Peters

11. The Global Abuse of Children
William Roth

Section V

12. Global Government and Social Justice
William Roth

13. Toward Justice Based Practice: Integrating Economic and Social Development
Katherine Briar-Lawson and Blase Briar Bonpane III

List of Contributors

Explores the impact of globalization and the imperative of social justice for the helping professions in contemporary times.


This landmark book brings together the reality of globalization and the imperative for social justice for helping professionals and students. Helping professions such as social work, counseling, and community building in non-profit agencies, NGOs, and government and the people and needs they serve can no longer be understood outside a global framework. While the very notion of helping professions is entails a social justice perspective, the relationship between the effects of globalization and the requirements of social justice have been missing from the literature, education, and practice of these fields.

This book provides an understanding of the economic and social dimensions of globalization, how globalization increases the interdependence of nations, the particular risks and opportunities it presents, and how some aspects of globalization can exacerbate oppression and marginalization. There are particular explorations of the challenges globalization presents in Africa and South America and a consideration of the special needs of children and families in the global context.

This is a necessary volume. Its distinguished contributors have various perspectives on globalization, but all write to inform and assist the work of those whose vocation is to help others.

William Roth is the Vincent O'Leary Professor of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author several books, including Movement: A Memoir of Disability, Cancer, and the Holocaust and Assault on Social Policy. Katharine Briar-Lawson is Dean and Professor of the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her many books include Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration and Evaluation Research in Child Welfare: Improving Outcomes Through University-Public Agency Partnerships.