Contemporary Rural Social Work

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Volume 8, No. 1, 2016

Raising Awareness of Global Rural Issues and Solutions  
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CRSW is Reaching More Readers!


CRSW is growing in terms of its ability to reach interested readers.

In addition to its presence in Social Work Abstracts, CRSW is now accessible internationally through CAB abstracts/Global Health data bases.  We will also be a part of their full text repository.  This means that CRSW can be accessed internationally by scholars who would otherwise not have access.  This is a major step because CABI ( is an intergovernmental, not-for-profit organization providing information and scientific services around the world. The CAB Abstracts database aims to document the world's published literature in plant and animal science, agriculture, food, rural sociology, and related subjects. The Global Health database is dedicated to public health research and practice.

EBSCO plans to include CRSW in a new a new sociological index. Inclusion by EBSCO will expand our reach from the CRSW web site to all interested readers who have access to this heavily subscribed library data base and will increase our readership and the use of research and theoretical articles featured in our journal by practitioners, faculty and scholars.

CRSW editorial staff is delighted by the recognition of our journal by these important resources.

Posted: 2013-07-01
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Vol 8, No 1 (2016)

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.

Table of Contents

Editor-in-Chief's Introduction

Peggy Pittman-Munke

Guest Editor's Introduction

Dheeshana S. Jayasundara, Randall Nedegaard

Feature Articles

Rafael Arias, Gregorio Giménez, Leonardo Sánchez
Marco Ricardo Téllez Cabrera
Vikash Kumar, Suk Yin Caroline Cheng, Ajit Kumar Singh
Marcia Mikulak
Renuka Mahari de Silva

Book Reviews

Annah K. Bender
Kala Chakradhar
Peter A. Kindle

Special Issue 2016: "Raising Awareness of Global Rural Issues"

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