This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to provide an introduction to a wide range of topics in international social work garnered from many countries and regions and to suggest resources for further exploration. The target audience for the book includes social work educators, students, and practitioners, but professionals and colleagues in other disciplines will also find the book of interest. The book presents international social work as the following: a way of looking at and appreciating the world (worldview); practice informed by international knowledge; practice, concern, and action on globally experienced social issues; participation in international professional organizations; understanding of the global profession; development and human rights; and a future and action-oriented movement for global change. An overview of the eleven sections of the book is also presented.
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