Ethics in the end

Authored by: Robert E. McKinney , Stephen M. Marson

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Ethics and Values

Print publication date:  June  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138343931
eBook ISBN: 9780429438813
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429438813-51

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Abstract

At the turn of the 20th century, most people, even in the “civilized” world, were born, worked, raised children, lived, and died without ever traveling outside of a 50-mile radius of the places of their birth. The turn of the 21st century, however, was a different world. Many of us travel well over 50 miles every day just to go to work – or maybe even just to go to lunch. The changes in technology, transportation options, and the advent of social media have even made it possible for people to live in one part of the world and work with or on behalf of clients and coworkers who are many time zones away. These changes have compelled social workers and social work professional organizations to rethink and recast the way that we navigate the myriad ethical conundrums in which we find our clients, client systems, our work settings, and ourselves.

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