The countries of East and Southeast Asia, taken as a whole, display a laboratory of social and political conditions, with individual countries presenting a variety of political, cultural and social characteristics. Some with one-party state systems, others with stable liberal democracies and yet others with more fragile democratic systems. As such the region presents a unique opportunity to examine the relationship between diverse national environments and social work education regimes.
In this book, social work educators and theorists from around East and Southeast Asia provide accounts of the social work programs within the higher education systems of their respective countries and compare them to those of their neighbours. This is the first book to offer a structured account of how social work and social work education have emerged and finds their present place in the historical, economic, political, urban/rural and higher education contexts of Southeast Asia and East Asia. Experts from the region assess the extent to which these countries’ systems possess a collective coherence, while examining the diversity among them.

chapter |14 pages


Point of entry
ByIan Shaw

chapter 1|20 pages

Social work within governmental, social and cultural regimes

ByIan Shaw, Patricia O’Neill

chapter 2|19 pages

Social work metamorphoses

Practice, education and research
ByRosaleen Ow

chapter 3|15 pages

Professional practices in national contexts

ByIan Shaw

part Part I|62 pages

Soft authoritarian governments

chapter 4|15 pages

Hong Kong

Ruling principles of the government and responses of social work education and practice
BySam W.K. Yu, Ruby C.M. Chau

chapter 5|14 pages

A new horizon for institutionalizing the social work profession

Is there a new hope for Malaysia?
ByAzlinda Azman, Paramjit Singh Jamir Singh

chapter 6|14 pages

Social work education in soft-authoritarian Singapore

ByYen Kiat Chong, Irene Y.H. Ng

chapter 7|17 pages

Socio-economic development in the context of social work and social welfare in Thailand

ByDecha Sungkawan, David Engstrom

part Part II|52 pages

Liberal democracies

chapter 8|16 pages

Professional uncertainty among Japanese social workers

ByTakahiro Asano, Michihiko Tokoro

chapter 9|17 pages

Social work education in the making of a welfare state

South Korea’s experience
ByOk Kyung Yang, Bong Joo Lee, Kyo-seong Kim

chapter 10|16 pages

Social work in Taiwan

State programming and the search for an empowered profession
ByYeun-wen Ku

part Part III|14 pages

Fragile democracy

chapter 11|12 pages

Programming of social work in Indonesia

ByAdi Fahrudin

part Part IV|30 pages

State socialism

chapter 12|14 pages

The governmental technology of social work in China

ByLeung Tse Fong Terry, Luk Tak Chuen, Xiang Rong

chapter 13|14 pages

Social work education in Vietnam

ByRichard Hugman, Nguyen Thi Thai Lan