SWAN-I member, Masoud Kamali, has brought together a selection of authors that shows how social work can be an active agent for promoting revolutionary changes in order to counter the global neoliberal market fundamentalism which is destroying our planet and reinforcing socioeconomic inequalities, political instability, antidemocratic political ideologies and movements, small wars, conflicts, racism and other forms of oppression.
Providing case-studies from South Africa, Chile, Iran, Europe, Australia and the USA written by leading critical and radical social work scholars, this book sheds light on consequences of the global neoliberal racial capitalism and postcolonial oppression.
By presenting innovative ideas and suggestions for a revolutionary social work aimed at promoting systemic changes and eliminating the roots of social problems this book will be of interest to all scholars and students of social work, community development and social justice more broadly.
As members of the Social Work Action Network-International to express our concern about the recent removal of Professor Alan Dettlaff from his post as Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work, at the University of Huston. SWAN-I is a network of social workers and social work organisations from across the globe committed to social work for social justice. Our international network draws together nationally based groups of social work researchers, educators and practitioners campaigning for a more just world. Professor Dettlaff is a leading scholar and political activist whose work on racial justice and the abolitionist perspective has inspired social work academics, students and practitioners all over the world. At a time when our global profession confronts legacies of colonialism and oppression and explores its own histories of complicity and resistance, the abolitionist perspective and movement provide a crucial theoretical and practice-based tool for analysis and praxis. In this global debate, conversations about abolitionist practice are both necessary and important. Professor Dettlaff, through the co-creation of spaces for critical discussion and research, has demonstrated that social work should be aware of the needs and voices of communities and social workers must be prepared to speak truth to power. SWAN-I stands in solidarity with Professor Dettlaff and all University of Houston staff and students who share the perspective that all injustices that individuals and communities face in this world are rooted in the colonial past and current socioeconomic and political inequalities and related social problems that must be addressed collectively and politically. It is for these reasons that we express our concern about Prof Dettlaff’s dismissal and we ask the senior leadership of the University of Huston to reconsider its decision to remove Professor Dettlaff from the Dean role and ensure that the Graduate College of Social Work remains a global hub for research and learning about the abolitionist and radical social work perspectives.