Localizing Social Work with Bedouin-Arab Communities in Israel: Limitations and Possibilities
This chapter, on localizing social work with Bedouin-Arab communities in Israel, has three objectives. The first, and most important, is to provide insight into social work’s limitations. As our research demonstrates, localization processes with the Bedouin-Arab in Israel may be insufficiently oriented to political and social change. Social work’s potential in this area is therefore mixed. And most might agree that social work in this region is constrained, and its mandate is limited, by the broader contexts in which it operates. The second objective is to outline how social work nonetheless can use case vignettes as a modestly useful tool in localization efforts. Third, as the conclusions point out, spirituality is also a useful means for localizing social work. This chapter begins by looking at the political and cultural realities that dominate this part of the world.