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Encyclopedia of Social Work

Encyclopedia of Social Work

20th Edition

Co-published by the NASW Press and Oxford University Press

ISBN: 978-0-19-530661-3. 2008. Item #O6613. 2208 pages. Hardcover. 4-Volume Set.

Hardcover $495

Also available in Paperback Edition

The NASW Press and Oxford University Press are proud to announce that a new, completely updated, revised and expanded 20th edition of this essential work has published. The 400 articles in this 4-volume set cover all aspects of social, work from practice and interventions, social environments, social conditions and challenges, to social policy and history.

This new edition of the Encyclopedia includes coverage of areas that have come to the fore since the 1995 publication of the 19th edition, including demographic changes from immigration, technology, the implications of managed care, faith-based assistance, evidence-based practice, gerontology, and trauma and disaster. Each thoughtful article is written and signed by a top academic or social work practitioner and includes a bibliography for further reading. For even further ease of use, all volumes are fully cross-referenced and includes a complete Index.

This convenient and authoritative core reference work is an essential tool for fact-finding, studying for licensing exams, supplementing course work, initiating literature searches, and supporting practice decisions. The Encyclopedia presents an in-depth look at the ever-changing field of social work. The foundation of any social work collection, the Encyclopedia will be a treasured addition to the library of practitioner, scholar, and student alike.


  • Co-published by The National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press
  • Complete A-Z coverage of the field of social work--international in scope--both in coverage and authorship
  • 400 subject entries written by leading scholars in the field
  • 300 brief biographies of key figures in the history of social work
  • Each article fully cross-referenced
  • Each entry contains a bibliography for further reading
  • Easy-to-use Index