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Social work and global health inequalitiesPractice and policy developments$
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Paul Bywaters, Eileen McLeod, and Lindsey Napier

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421951

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421951.001.0001

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Social work and global health inequalities

Social work and global health inequalities

(p.3) 1 Social work and global health inequalities
Social work and global health inequalities

Paul Bywaters

Eileen McLeod

Lindsey Napier

Policy Press

This book explores health inequalities as a central global issue for social work. Authors drawn from many countries analyse key questions and practice and policy initiatives, to develop understanding of social work's contribution to addressing this profound and pervasive social problem. Direct interventions with individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations are considered, together with policy formulation, service design, and development, research, and education. The book also takes a holistic view of health, emphasising the interconnectedness of psychological or emotional well-being and physical dimensions to health. This chapter examines the nature and extent of global health inequalities as a product of social inequalities, outlines how social work is engaged in producing and combating health inequalities across the life course, and shows why social-work action to tackle health inequalities has to be understood in the context of neoliberal globalisation.

Keywords:   health inequalities, social work, social inequalities, families, communities, globalisation, well-being

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