Contemporary Rural Social Work

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Call for Papers. Special issue of Contemporary Rural Social Work: Raising Awareness of Global Rural Issues and Solutions


Rural communities around the world face common challenges requiring their own unique focus of social work inquiry and competencies. Some of these interrelated challenges include lack of access to education and services, histories of colonization and exploitation, high levels of disease, poverty, isolation, hopelessness, and civic inertia. Local responses to these challenges offer an array of approaches and interventions which colleagues in other locales may find useful. This Special Issue of Contemporary Rural Social Work will feature practice, policy, theory, and research articles focused on global rural issues and local responses to these issues.  International social workers, both scholars and practitioners, are encouraged to contribute.  Please click "More" below for additional information.

Posted: 2015-02-05 More...

Volume 6 (2014) Available

The most current volume of CRSW, Volume 6 (2014), is now available online.  Please click on "Current" in the banner above.  
Posted: 2014-07-10
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Vol 7, No 1 (2015): Promoting Environmental Justice in Rural Communities

Environmental justice issues are often associated with poor neighborhoods in urban areas.  However, rural people in the United States and throughout the world have a legacy of engagement in the quest for environmental justice for their own communities. Fossil fuel extraction industries (e.g., oil, gas and coal) and other mining activities disproportionately occur within and affect rural areas and small towns while developing resources for export to energy-hungry cities. The contemporary development of unconventional drilling technology provides recent opportunities to examine the challenges and opportunities confronting rural communities. This special issue of Contemporary Rural Social Work features practice and research articles focused on promoting environmental justice in rural communities.

Table of Contents

Editor-in-Chief's Introduction

Editor-in-Chief's Introduction
Peggy Pittman-Munke

Guest Editor's Introduction

Pamela Casey Twiss

Feature Articles

Debra Hunt Young, Samantha Teixeira, Helen Hartnett
Karen Harper-Dorton, Stacia J. Harper
Arielle Dylan
Jennifer Willett
Jonathan Matthew Scherch

Book Reviews

Kala Chakradhar
Katherine Perone

Complete Volume

Complete Volume