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Book chapter

Social workers affecting social policy in Russia

P. 101-119.

At the Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development
in Hong Kong in 2010 a set of values was formulated that defined
the mission of social work and the development of social policy. It
is assumed that these key values, and in particular the principles of
social justice and empowerment, are shared by social work and social
policy practitioners, educators and experts. In the history of the
profession there are many examples in which social workers sought,
and successfully achieved, politically significant changes in the social
order. However, there were also periods of a decline in activism and a
decrease in the role of structural or political social work.
This chapter presents the results of a study of the participation of
Russian social workers in processes of structural changes. Interviews
with social workers were conducted in several Russian regions. Case
studies present mechanisms of changes evoked through counter-actions
and compromises, individual activity or collective action, consolidation
with social movements and other agents, through the implementation
of new methods and forms of casework in the system of social services,
or through the lobbying of legislative changes and the practice of
institutionalised forms of conflict resolution in courts. Strategies for
promoting social change, agents of change and institutional barriers
are discussed in the theoretical context of professionalism as a value
system and ideology.

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Edited by: J. Gal, I. Weiss-Gal. L.: Policy Press, 2013.