Social Work Journals: A Key Disciplinary Resource




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Social work journals are repositories of disciplinary knowledge. The recent critiques of Western and anglophone dominance in knowledge production and publication barriers experienced by scholars from the Global South and those non-anglophone have implications for journals and the knowledges they (re)produce. The lack of comprehensive lists of journals adds a further obstacle to the dissemination of non-dominant social work knowledges. To deal with this concern, we offer a novel list of international social work journals that includes journals omitted from existing English-language Northern lists and situates them as credible sources of social work knowledge.


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Arce, G. 2020. “Latin American Social Work and the Struggles Against Professional Imperialism.” In The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Social Work, edited by T. Kleibi., R. Lutz., N. Noyo., B. Bunk., A. Ditmann and B. Seepamore, 163–173. New York: Routledge.

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Midgley, J. 2001. “Issues in International Social Work: Resolving Critical Debates in the Profession.” Journal of Social Work 1 (1): 21–35. DOI:

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Morley, C., and S. Macfarlane. 2012. “The Nexus Between Feminism and Postmodernism: Still a Central Concern for Critical Social Work.” British Journal of Social Work 42 (4): 687–705. DOI:

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Price, J., and K. Artaraz. 2013. “Professional ‘Imperialism’ and Resistance: Social Work in the Filippines.” Global Social Work 3 (5): 28–53. DOI:

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Schmid, J. 2014. “What’s on Their Minds? The South African Child Welfare Academic Agenda from 2001–2010.” Social Work Education 33 (2): 141–59. DOI:

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How to Cite

Morgenshtern, Marina, Jeanette Schmid, and Chloe Levere. 2023. “Social Work Journals: A Key Disciplinary Resource”. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development 35 (2):23 pages.



Received 2022-12-01
Accepted 2023-03-20
Published 2023-07-04