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Collective empowerment: a comparative study of community work in Mumbai and Stockholm
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4962-1540
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work. (Social Work and Social Policy)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0886-7402
School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 24, no 4, 364-375 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mumbai and Stockholm are worlds apart in terms of public services, infrastructures and standard of living. However, both cities have known common problems of social exclusion and marginalisation related to neo-liberal globalisation. Social workers are facing similar challenges regarding collective empowerment as a strategy for community work. This comparative study explored how collective empowerment is undertaken by community workers. The research participants were 13 informants from community-work organisations in the two settings. Semi-structured interviews were used and were analysed with the help of Atlas-ti 6.2 (ATLAS.ti Scientific Software Development GmbH D-10623 Berlin Germany). Social work in Mumbai is in a context of extreme poverty and mainly within the informal sector, whereas in Stockholm most social work is done in relation to a public welfare model. In Stockholm, interventions are aimed towards strengthening social networks, without direct aim at social change. In Mumbai, community workers organise people for collective empowerment to strengthen marginalised groups and achieve social change.

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2015. Vol. 24, no 4, 364-375 p.
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Collective empowerment, Community work, Critical social work, Marginalisation, Social mobilisation, Welfare model
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-18806DOI: 10.1111/ijsw.12137ISI: 000362114200006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84942368272OAI: diva2:782364
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