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Social Work and the COVID-19 Pandemic

International Insights

Edited by Michael Lavalette, Vasilios Ioakimidis and Iain Ferguson

Published

19 Oct 2020

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447360360

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

19 Oct 2020

Page count

160 pages

ISBN

978-1447360360

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Social Work and the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the world grapples with the complex impacts of COVID-19, this book provides an urgent critical exploration of how Social Work can and should respond to this global crisis.

The book considers the ecological, epidemiological, ideological and political conditions which gave rise to the pandemic, before examining the ways that social work has responded in different nations across the Global North and Global South. This series of nation studies examine good practices and suggest new ways to renew and regenerate social work moving on from COVID-19.

Contributors also reflect on the key themes that have emerged, including a rise in domestic violence and the ways that the pandemic has disproportionately affected those in working class and minority communities, exacerbating existing inequalities.

Michael Lavalette is Editor in Chief of CRSW, the Everton Chair of Social and Community Engagement at Liverpool Hope University and a founding member of the Social Work Action Network.

Vasilios Ioakimidis is Editor of the British Journal of Social Work, Founding Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Social Work at the University of Essex and a founding member of the Social Work Action Network.

Iain Ferguson is Honorary Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of West Scotland and a founding member of the Social Work Action Network.

Introduction: Social Work and COVID-19 ~ Michael Lavalette,Vasilios Ioakimidis and Iain Ferguson;

Part 1: Context to a Crisis;

Capitalism, the ecological crisis and the creation of pandemics ~ Michael Lavalette;

Why politics matters: understanding the biopolitics of COVID-19 ~ Vasilios Ioakimidis;

Neoliberal social work and COVID- 19 ~ Iain Ferguson

COVID-19 and social inequalities: a political view from social work ~ Silvana Martinez

Social work responds to COVID-19: an international overview ~ Rory Truell

Part II: Social work responses around the world

Social work and the COVID- 19 crisis in the United States ~ Dawn Belkin Martinez

Business as usual? Social work and the COVID-19 pandemic in Chile ~ Gianinna Muñoz Arce

Social work responses to COVID- 19 in Brazil ~ Roberta Uchôa

Social services, social work and COVID- 19 in Palestine ~ Raed Amira

Social work and COVID- 19 in South Africa ~ Yasmin Jessie Turton and Linda Harms- Smith

The extent of the COVID- 19 crisis in in South Korea ~ Sug Pyo Kim

Social work and COVID- 19 in Greece ~ Dimitra-Dora Teloni

The extent of COVID- 19 in Sierra Leone ~ George Mansara

Part III: Social divisions, inequality and COVID- 19

Class, inequality and the COVID- 19 pandemic ~Lee Humber

Still left holding the baby: women’s oppression and the corona crisis ~ Lindsey German

Working with women receiving social services during COVID- 19: reflections from children and families’ practitioners ~ Laura Owens, Rebecca Mair and Alissa De Luca-Ruane

Black Lives Matter: racism, poverty, work and COVID-19 ~ Esme Choonara and Yuri Prasad

Roma communities’ experiences of racism during the COVID- 19 pandemic ~ Fatima Uygun

Re-racialisation of migrants and the ‘refugee crisis’ during COVID- 19 ~ Nicos Trimikliniotis

Rethinking right and wrong: social work, COVID- 19 and the crisis of ethics ~ Sarah Banks

Conclusion: no return to ‘business as usual’ ~ Michael Lavalette, Vasilios Ioakimidis and Iain Ferguson