by Vassilis Ioakimidis

SWAN will participate in the 2010 World Conference of the International Federation of Social Workers. Organising three fringe workshops on the themes mentioned above. Academics from different countries are invited to contribute to these sessions. Delegates who will be attending the conference are encouraged to participate.(Free admission)

i. Neoliberalism, managerialism and social work

Dr. Gidraph Wairire,The Impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes on Social Work and Welfare in Kenya

Professor Catherine MacDonald A Case study of managing a non-profit sector: purchase of service contracting in family support services

Fumihito ITO Education, training and qualification of Social Workers in Japan: The impact of State neo-liberal policies

ii. War, political conflict and social work

Dr Michael Lavalette Barrie Levine Social Work and Popular Resistance: Examples from Palestine and Lebanon

Carmen Hinestroza, Reclaiming the public space; Social work and the struggle of the AfroColombian and indigenous displaced communities.

Dr Vassilis Ioakimidis, Welfare and warfare; grassroots welfare and the Greek resistance

iii. Towards a Social Work of Resistance

Rudi Roose: The problem of language of resistrance

Michael Reisch: Challenging the master narrative in social work to create a philosophy and practice of resistance

Linda Smith: The inescapable responsibility of pursuing social justice

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Policy Press author, academic and SWAN Ireland member Paul Michael Garrett discusses the issues surrounding unmarried mothers in his book "Social work and Irish people in Britain". This blog post looks at this topic and touches on the recent story covering the headlines in Ireland, the Tuam babies.

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