Comparative Social Work

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Badru, F.A
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Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Comparative Social Work is one of the emerging disciplines in social work. It is an applied social study that is concerned with objective and critical analysis of social policies and social services between at least two countries. The discipline examines the social forces affecting such policies and services, explicates, and sheds fresh insights into why these countries chose the policies and services. It explores the variations and convergences of these services and policies. While a few scholars have studied some countries like Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Sweden, none has considered Saudi Arabia, and other countries, which we are here comparing with Nigeria. Some texts tangentially allude to some of the social services of these countries but not in relation to Nigeria. The gaps in knowledge are the primary impetus for this study. This paper provides a panoramic and critical review of social welfare policies and services in five selected countries using indepth! case studies. The indicators of five social policies/ services: health, education, housing, transport, and social security form the fulcrum of the analysis. The Chapter is structured into four sections: the first deals with introduction, goals, and methodology of comparative social work. The second considers some background factors. The third describes, explains, and analyses the five selected countries while the last section concludes the analysis
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Comparative Social Work , Five Indicators of Social Policies , Health , Education , Housing , Transportation , Social Security , Britain , Ghana , India , Saudi Arabia , Nigeria , Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Badru F.A (2006): “Comparative Social Work” In Olurode, L; Bammeke, F. and Durowade, D (Eds.) (2006) Readings in Social Work, (Lagos: Department of Sociology, University of Lagos) Chp 11: Pp129-148