Globalization is a term describing a growing interconnectedness and integration of economies across national borders, through the movement of capital, goods, services and technology, and also involving the diffusion of social, cultural, and political ideas. While globalization is not new, in its modern form the process of global economic integration has been dramatically accelerated, becoming more widespread, more complex, and more institutionalized. Because of its broad implications for human and environmental well-being, globalization is of vital importance to social work. This chapter examines the contested meanings of globalization, its impacts, prescriptions for addressing those impacts, and some ways in which social work is uniquely positioned to contribute responses to these challenges.
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