The philosophical penetration of the social work
practice in Africa comes full cycle when a critical exposition of the contending issues and questions
is carried out. Social challenges and problems in Africa make human suffering in
the continent to be one of the highest in the world. An attempt to know the mind
of the social worker in Africa reflects the issues of social work that dominate
the African society. The mind of the social worker is perturbed by the problems
of human suffering, poverty, societal stratification and conflicts, increasing gap
between the rich and the poor, old-age problems, educational destitution, street
begging, youth drug abuse, increasing religious terrorism and psychological instability
of the elites. Posing these critical questions will reveal a lot about the mind
and the psychological dispositions of the social worker in the African environment.
The article seeks to reveal and expose these new questions as the platform for the
search for the new psycho-sociophilosophical and integrative methodology that will
solve the social problems of Africa in the 21st century.
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Casimir, A. and Samuel, E. (2013) The Philosophical Exposition of the Mind of the Social Worker: Issues and Questions on the African Environment. Open Journal of Social Sciences
, 73-80. doi: 10.4236/jss.2013.16012
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