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The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work

Edited by: Beth R. Crisp

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138931220
eBook ISBN: 9781315679853
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315679853
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Book description

This international volume provides a comprehensive account of contemporary research, new perspectives and cutting-edge issues surrounding religion and spirituality in social work. The introduction introduces key themes and conceptual issues such as understandings of religion and spirituality as well as definitions of social work, which can vary between countries. The main body of the book is divided up into sections on regional perspectives; religious and spiritual traditions; faith-based service provision; religion and spirituality across the lifespan; and social work practice. The final chapter identifies key challenges and opportunities for developing both social work scholarship and practice in this area.

Including a wide range of international perspectives from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and the USA, this Handbook succeeds in extending the dominant paradigms and comprises a mix of authors including major names, significant contributors and emerging scholars in the field, as well as leading contributors in other fields of social work who have an interest in religion and spirituality.

The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work is an authoritative and comprehensive reference for academics and researchers as well as for organisations and practitioners committed to exploring why, and how, religion and spirituality should be integral to social work practice.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Religion and spirituality in social work Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Australia Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Korean social welfare’s approach to spiritual diversity Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The absent presence of religion and spirituality in mental health social work in Northern Ireland Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Spirituality and religion in Maltese social work practice Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The constructed ‘Indian’ and Indigenous sovereignty Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The sacred in traditional African spirituality Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Studying social work Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Western Buddhism and social work Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Achieving dynamic balancing Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Celtic spirituality Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Material spirituality Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Social work with Muslim communities Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Religious and spiritual perspectives of social work among the Palestinians Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Partners in service and justice Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Residential childcare in faith-based institutions Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The background and roles of the Salvation Army in providing social and faith-based services Download PDF
Chapter  18:  South Asian gurus, their movements and social service Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Reclaiming compassion Download PDF
Chapter  20:  At a crossroads Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Spirituality Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Spirituality as a protective factor for children and adolescents Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Responding to child abuse in religious contexts Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Queer meaning Download PDF
Chapter  25:  From entanglement to equanimity Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Life’s end journey Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Social work and suffering in end-of-life care Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Religious literacy in public and professional settings Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Spirituality and sexuality Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Mindfulness for professional resilience Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Spiritual competence Download PDF
Chapter  32:  A spiritual approach to social work practice Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Critical spirituality and social work practice Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Spiritually informed social work within conflict-induced displacement Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Holistic arts-based social work Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Ethical principles for transitioning to a renewable energy economy in an era of climate change Download PDF
Chapter  37:  The spiritual dimensions of ecosocial work in the context of global climate change Download PDF
Chapter  38:  Ultimate concerns and human rights Download PDF
Chapter  39:  Addressing spiritual bypassing Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Developing the agenda for religion and spirituality in social work Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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