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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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Conclusion: emerging themes for practice and policy development

Conclusion: emerging themes for practice and policy development

(p.283) 17 Conclusion: emerging themes for practice and policy development
Social work and global health inequalities

Paul Bywaters

Eileen McLeod

Lindsey Napier

Policy Press

This book has detailed the contribution that social work can make to understanding and tackling global health inequalities. It has also located that practice and its policy implications in a global context, including the processes of globalisation. In doing so, the book has begun to map out how socially constructed global health inequalities are a central issue for social work; the key features of social work's contribution to tackling global health inequalities; implications for the further development of social work's role in tackling global health inequalities. In conclusion, this chapter distils the main lessons concerning these issues. It also identifies five themes that provide compelling evidence of the centrality of socially constructed health inequalities as a global social-work issue. These themes are related to specific populations facing adverse global social conditions; diversity, identity, and inequality; multiple dimensions of cumulative disadvantage; interconnection between physical and mental-health inequalities; and barriers to accessing resources and services. The chapter also discusses key features of social-work interventions, such as equal rights, social justice, and mutuality.

Keywords:   social work, equal rights, social justice, mutuality, health inequalities, globalisation, social conditions, cumulative disadvantage, mental health, diversity

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