Social Work, Social Welfare and Social Development in Nigeria: A Postcolonial Perspective (Routledge Advances in Social Work) (Hardcover)

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Social Work, Social Welfare and Social Development in Nigeria: A Postcolonial Perspective (Routledge Advances in Social Work) (Hardcover)

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This groundbreaking book provides a comprehensive account of social work, social welfare, and social development in Nigeria from a postcolonial perspective. It examines the historical development of social work and social welfare and the colonial legacies affecting contemporary social welfare provision, development planning, social work practice, and social work education.
Against this historical backdrop, it seeks to understand the position of social work within Nigeria's minimalist structure of welfare provision and the reasons why social work struggles for legitimacy and recognition today. It covers contexts of social work practice, including child welfare, juvenile justice, disabilities, mental health, and ageing, as well as areas of development-related problems and humanitarian assistance as new areas of practice for social workers, including internally displaced and trafficked people, and their impact on women and children. It seeks to understand Nigeria's ethnoreligious diversity and indigenous cultural heritage to inform culturally appropriate social work practice.
This book offers a global audience insight into Nigeria's developmental issues and problems and a local audience - social science and human service researchers, educators, practitioners, students, and policymakers ‒ a glimpse of what's possible when people work together toward a common goal.
It will be of interest to all scholars and students of social work, development studies and social policy.

Mel Gray (PhD) is Professor Emeritus (Social Work) at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. She has a longstanding interest in social work in Africa, having published widely on indigenisation and issues relating to cultural relevance, as well as social welfare and social development. This study of social work in Nigeria follows the first Routledge Handbook of Social Work and Social Development (2017), which she edited.Solomon Amadasun is a graduate of the University of Benin in Nigeria and a PhD student at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. He has published widely on Nigerian social work education and practice, and related issues, including human trafficking, disabilities, and the COVID-19 pandemic. He previously published Social Work for Social Development in Africa (September Publishing House, 2020).
Product Details ISBN: 9781032465289
ISBN-10: 103246528X
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Routledge Advances in Social Work