Sustainable development: a mission for social work? A normative approach

Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice 02/2012; 21(2):5-22.

ABSTRACT The answer to the current social-ecological crisis requires a transition to a sustainable society. Such a transition will touch on all aspects of life, so social work too has to think about the meaning of sustainable development for its practice. Until now, the awareness of ecological limits has remained mainly beyond the scope of the field of social work. However, many social and ecological problems are increasingly linked and this is the very focus of the concept of sustainable development. This article sets out how social work could, on the basis of its own mission, join a process of sustainable development. To this end, we compare the normative framework of the Brundtland view on sustainable development with the mission of social work as implied by its international definition.


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