1Normalization and Dissolution of Boundaries: Social Work at the Start of the Twenty-First Century

Current discussions within social work are characterized by a prevailing mood of ambivalence. Almost all analyses of current times and predictions of future social developments point to seemingly limitless social challenges. Social work seems to be in demand almost everywhere, from support schemes for children and young people into adulthood to support for elderly people, in community work in cities and rural regions, in disaster relief and in care for refugees. This list could go on forever. In other words, in many regions the twenty-first century has started with a structure of endless challenges for social work.

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