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Title:Indigenization process of alcoholism treatment from the American to the Indian context
Author(s):Venkataraman, Jayashree
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Balgopal, P.R.
Department / Program:Social Work
Discipline:Social Work
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Social Work
Health Sciences, Public Health
Abstract:The education given to social work students in developing countries has been the subject of much recent study. In the earlier half of this century, professional social work was transferred from the developed world to developing countries. Much of this technology transfer was based on the belief that social work had a universally relevant methodology and an international professional identity. The consequences of this transfer are many. It has caused conflict and confusion in issues of social work practice in countries like India, Taiwan, China, and the Philippines, to name a few. In response to these conflicts social work educators have argued for the need to take into account the indigenous elements of the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of the country for relevant social work education and training.
This piece of research examines the process of indigenization of an American model of alcoholism treatment to the socio-cultural context of an Indian setting. By analyzing the history of technology transfer in India and the cultural issues which influence the lives of the people, the researcher looks at the goodness-of-fit between Western knowledge and Indian social work practice. Through focus groups and interviews with social workers in India and the United States the researcher tries to capture the process by which social work becomes "home-made" in India. This project reiterates the need to indigenize social work knowledge, and also emphasizes that it is essential to tap into practitioners' practice wisdom for knowledge building in social work.
Issue Date:1996
Rights Information:Copyright 1996 Venkataraman, Jayashree
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9702701
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9702701

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