Social Work in a Changing Europe
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Walter Lorenz believes that social work has a vital role to play in promoting effective European integration. Social work can do much to help the development of a civil society that integrates cultural diversity and personal identity - above all, by confronting racism at all levels and by taking part in the transformation of welfare structures towards user-controlled services. Lorenz gives a descriptive view of the current state of social work in Europe, looking at the historical and conceptual origins of social work in different countries and showing how these account for differences in practice. He draws on the rich diversity of European social work traditions to inform readers about the variety of approaches across Europe, and to consider how social work will respond to the challenge of the 'New Europe'.