Social Work Foot Prints 6 (1)
The life expectancy at birth in India has risen to 66 years over the last nearly thirty years, which is more than a twofold increase since the late 1940s. According to the 2011 Census, the population of persons 60 and above in the country was 103.8 million, which is about 8.6 per cent of the total population. The demographic profile as per the United Nations depicts that in the years 2000-2050, the overall population in India will grow by 55 per cent, whereas the people in the 60 and above age-group will increase by 326 per cent and those in the age-group of 80 plus by 700 per cent.
This book, edited by Venkat Pulla and Bharath Bhushan Mamidi, addresses the narratives of community empowerment, resilience and coping mechanisms, using a fresh lens and renewed approach. It remains well-documented that the process of community empowerment stems from community engagement, lead- ing to increased participation by the community. In their first chapter, Pulla and Mamidi outline the nuanced challenges faced in modern day community empower- ment. Using the contested notions of power, empowerment and community resil- ience, they argue that while resilience entails ‘successful adaptation’, coping strategies may not. Successful adaptation is a road to build the individual’s or communities’ personal and/or environmental resources—problem-solving skills, enhancement of self-confidence and boosting of social relations.
International Journal of Social Work and Human Services Practice, Vol.1. No.2
Literature examining concepts of coping and resilience within a range of diverse fields such as social work, psychology, art, spirituality and management science, have emerged and have shifted a focus from sustainable practices to resilience building. A recently released book, Perspectives on Coping and Resilience “examines the interplay of individual, family, community and social factors, and deepens our understanding of the human ability to ‘bounce back’ – a vital competency for success” (Pulla, Shatte & Warren, 2013). Perspectives on Coping and Resilience brings together the above mentioned disciplines and their relevance within individual, group and community resilience building. This paper will review and build upon the writings of Pulla, Shatte and Warren (2013) and a variety of extended authors whilst highlighting key areas of children and emotional stability, gender issues, trauma and violence.
Keywords: Coping, Resilience, Social Work, Human Services, Emotional Stability, Bouncing Back, Strengths
Woods. Space and Culture, India 2014
“Community development has been identified as a core social work approach or method to work with communities who are disenfranchised, marginalised and faced with broad social issues resulting from unjust policies and planning at global, national, state and local level.” (Goel et al, 2014, p. 5)
Dr. K. Prabakar,
Social Work Foot Prints 4 (2)
The declining fertility and mortality rates and the increasing life expectancy at birth as well as at older ages lead to increase in the global population of persons aged 60 years and above. The 60+ population in India was more than 100 million in 2012 and that is estimated to be more than 323 million in 2050. As a proportion, one in five Indians will be 60 or over in 2050. Further, 44 million people are estimated to be in their eighties.
‘We spent all our time trying to get the policy right, we should have spent more time trying to get the politics right’ (Obama, 2012)
Any discussion around India’s Social Policy, Social Welfare and Social Development ought to be laid in the context of India’s sixty years of planning history. In this critical essay, I explore the views and treatise of octogenarian Shankar Pathak on social welfare policies and development of the poor in India. In those sixty years of planning, India has certainly made strides, such as producing some billionaires that enter into who’s who list compiled by Forbes, alongside its poor making world’s record officially included into the top ten poor nations. India’s situation can be aptly captured and surmised by borrowing the famous saying of American Political Economist ‘doing better but feeling worse’ ( Wildavsky, 1977, pp 105), this paper examines Pathak’s (2013) views on social policy, welfare and social development in India and to an extent his views on social work profession in India.
Pathak, S, (2013), Social Policy Social Welfare and Social Development, Niruta Publications, Bangalore, India, ISBN-978-81-923424-7-4
Dr. D. Jeevan Kumar
Sudheendra Kulkarni, ‘Music of the Spinning Wheel:
Mahatma Gandhi’s Manifesto for the Internet Age’,
Amaryllis Publications, New Delhi, 2012, pp. 725.
Of all the great figures of the 20th century, Gandhi has perhaps best stood the test of time. In the aftermath of a century of unprecedented mass violence, many see in him the prophet of the only possible future for mankind, a future without hatred, greed and lust for power. Interest in Gandhi’s thought and actions is on the increase, and his message to the world appears uniquely relevant. He remains however, in many ways, an enigma.
Social Work Foot Prints, 4 (4)
Social work in India has three components: clinical social work (in particular, psychiatric social work), developmental social work (or development work), and social action (for social justice and social equity) according to Prof. T.K. Nair. The present book contains ten articles from social work practitioners and social work scholars who critically analyse the different dimensions of social work practice and education.
City Express, Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Recent times has seen many published works on social services and social practices prevailing in India but Shankar Pathak’s Social Work and Social Welfare, A Historical - cultural Perspective is a lucid compilation of his published writings from his previous two books, Social Welfare-An Evolutionary And Developmental Perspective and the second one, Social Welfare, Health and Family Planning in India. The author has added four new chapters in this book that includes Bhagvat Gita, Bhakti movement, Professionalism of Social work and Developmental Social Welfare.
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