The functions of social service workers at a time of war against a civilian population

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Abstract

This article identifies the nature of functions that social service workers employed by municipal organisations have to perform during a community disaster and subsequent reorganisation at a time of war. The article also explores to what extent the functions of workers change as a result of the transition from a peacetime routine to a war situation. Using focus groups the study assesses the knowledge of social service workers and ordinary citizens who had direct experience of the second Lebanese war in Israel (2006). Eight major functions needed at a time of disaster are distinguished among various employees. The article discusses the significance of these functions, and the need to make changes in the network of functions at a time of disaster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-286
Number of pages26
JournalDisasters
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Civilian population
  • Crisis
  • Disaster
  • War
  • Workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (all)

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