Responding to the global economic crisis: Inclusive socialwork practice

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The present global economic crisis raises new concerns for social workers. One of its most visible results is the further socioeconomic decline and marginalization of excluded populations. This article suggests that the current circumstances require a much more engaged, egalitarian, and reflexive practice-a practice, based on social rights, that matches the magnitude of the crisis and its negative impact on traditional social work constituencies. Consequently, the article suggests the concept of inclusive social work practice (ISWP), a conceptual framework whose main principles respond to four processes of social exclusion closely related to the present global crisis: extreme social isolation, growing dependency, multiple deprivation, and internalized oppression. The author describes the impact of the global crisis on patterns of social exclusion and presents the methodological foundations of the ISWP framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-353
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Advocacy
  • Global crisis
  • Social exclusion
  • Social work practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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