Social Work Practice with Indigenous People: A Global South Perspective

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Call for Papers
August 22, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Human Rights, Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology

The following is a Call for Abstracts (Book Chapter) for the Social Work Practice with Indigenous People: A Global South Perspective to be considered under Springer Book Series in Social Work and Social Change (Edited by-Rajendra Baikady, Jarosław Przeperski and Sajid S.M) published by Springer, United States. Please send your proposed abstract title (no more than 400 words), name, affiliation to by 25th October 2021. Notification of acceptance of abstract will be no later than 10th December 2021.


About the book: According to United Nations, approximately between 370 million and 570 million indigenous people are spread over 90 countries across the globe. The indigenous people constituents only 5% of the total world population and represents 5000 different cultures. While most of the global indigenous population reside in the global south, 70 percent of indigenous people live in Asia and pacific, followed by Africa (16.3 percent), and Latin America (11.5 percent). The indigenous people of the global south or (so-called) developing countries are often characterized by extreme poverty, lack of recognition, threatening cultural identity, high-level dependence on natural resources and socio-economic marginalization. Notably, neo-colonialism, neo-extractivism and globalization have enhanced the vulnerability and marginalization of indigenous people in terms of land alienation, dispossession, violation of community and individual rights and systematic discrimination. This is a point of consensus that indigenous people, especially in the global south, have been deprived of almost all objective and subjective indicators.

Social work has its roots in voluntary actions at the societal level to address social problems. Social work as a profession started its journey by the first decade of the 20th century. The social workers aim to help individuals, families, and groups to cope with social problems and maximize human well-being. Social work practices are acknowledged as a novel human service. It is a fact that social work practices vary across the counties, but, undoubtedly, the social work practice is highly influenced by the United States of America and the United Kingdom or both. Notably, the mainstream west based models of social work practice often fail to address the indigenous issues. The indigenous social work practice generously connects indigenous philosophy and epistemology with the social work profession to respond to the issues of indigenous people. Indigenous social work is often resonated as anti-oppressive social work practice, which includes- community organization, social research, social action, indigenous community welfare and community development. In this globalized world, indigenous people, especially in the global south, have been struggling with several issues such as threatening socio-cultural existence, land grabbing, losing cultural identity, livelihood insecurity and poor well-being. Given this context, the role of social workers in the field of indigenous social work practice has been promising so far. However, indigenous social work practice is least recognized to date. Therefore, it is imperative to contextualize the social work practice through the indigenous lens. Notably, the global south perspective would shed new light on nuances of indigenization of social work practice and address the issues and challenges in social work in a broader perspective.  

This book aims to explore indigenous social work issues in the global south or developing countries. Notably, it will help the policy makers, social workers and development professionals to respond by developing more appropriate social welfare policies, which will lead to a better outcome for the indigenous population across the global south. The insight of this book attempts to cover- (i) concept of indigenous social work practice, (ii) the social work approaches in indigenous settings, (iii) application of social work methods in indigenous community development, (iv) indigenization of social work practice, (iv) impact of social welfare policies on indigenous people or communities, (vi) issues and challenges of social workers in delivering the social services to indigenous communities.

Proposals related to theoretical, empirical and policy analysis dealing with any of the below-mentioned themes are welcome across the world from academicians, scholars, early career researchers, policy makers, development professionals, and social workers. Indigenous scholars are especially encouraged to contribute.


Themes of the book

  1. Indigenous Social Work: Theory and Practice
  2. History of Indigenous of Social Work Practice
  3. Social Work Approaches and Methods in Indigenous Settings
  4. Impact of Social Welfare Policies on Indigenous People
  5. Social Work Practice with Indigenous Women, Children and Elderly
  6. Issues and challenges of social workers in delivering the social services to indigenous communities


The above-mentioned themes are indicative only and may change according to the response or submission.

Contact Info: 

Koustab Majumdar (PhD), M.Phil., Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research

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