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