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Social Work & Poverty


The Editorial Committee is launching a call for papers on social work and poverty for publication in an upcoming issue of the Canadian Social Work Review / Revue canadienne de service social.

Poverty is a complex social issue, where determinants, indicators and measures do not always align. However poverty and its related struggles are the problems social workers encounter most often. According to Statistics Canada, in 2012, 4.7 million people, including 1.1 million children, (or 13.8% of the population) were living in low-income circumstances. Poverty continues to be the issue with the most significant and long-lasting impact on individuals and communities. Internationally, the extreme polarization of wealth is very concerning given that just eight people own as much wealth as the poorest half of the planet’s population.[1]

The fiscal policies of Western countries generally result in significant financial resources being taken away from public policies and programs in health, education, and social security fields. The extreme polarization of wealth within countries and between countries creates two classes of citizens. Differences are not only exacerbated in lifestyles and access to life’s conveniences but also in access to the circles of political influence and in the ability to influence the direction of government policies. In other words, beyond lavish and conspicuous consumption in civil society, the emergence of an overclass results in disproportionate political influence that actually undermines the principle of one person/one vote.

This begs the question, how much focus do social workers really place on poverty? A look at the tables of contents of the major social work journals in Canada and the program content of conferences and symposiums for professors and professionals in social work reveals relatively few articles and communications feature poverty as the central theme.

The Canadian Social Work Review believes it is essential to bring this social issue to the forefront of the debate by publishing a special issue on the issue of poverty viewed from various perspectives, such as:

– Poverty and Social Work : practice, research and training
– Production of poverty and Wealth distribution
– Poverty and Social exclusion
– Indigenous perspectives on Poverty
– Neo-liberal policies and
– Fight against poverty
– Fight against Poverty into governement intervention
– The New Faces of Poverty
– Poverty as a social determinant of Health
– Poverty across the lifespan
– Critical perspectives on Poverty
– Poverty and Social Work Practice

[1] Last January, Oxfam reported the fact that the accumulated wealth of Bill Gates ($75 billion), Amancio Ortega ($67 billion), Warren Buffet ($61 billion), Carlo Slim Helu ($50 billion), Jeff Bezos ($45 billion), Mark Zuckerberg ($45 billion), Larry Ellison ($44 billion) and Micheal Bloomberg ($40 billion) is as much as that of 3.6 billion of the world’s poorest people.

Deadline for submissions: October 31st, 2017

The journal welcomes articles of analytic and empirical merit (between 4,500 and 6,000 words). Articles may be submitted in either French or English. The editors invite the submission of papers from authors worldwide. Articles submitted to the Canadian Social Work Review undergo a rigorous peer review that involves evaluation by at least two anonymous reviewers, and the editorial board’s final decision that is built

– Manuscripts submitted to the Canadian Social Work Review should not be under consideration by any other publication.
– Your manuscript should be between 4,500 and 6,000 words
– Include a cover sheet with identifying information and word count of text, excluding references (the author’s name should not appear in the body of the manuscript)
– Include an abstract that does not exceed 200 words
– Use APA format for references.

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