Ambivalences of Inclusion in Society and Social Work

Research-Based Reflections in Four European Countries

  • Stephan Bundschuh
  • Maria José Freitas
  • Càndid Palacín Bartrolí
  • Nino Žganec

Part of the European Social Work Education and Practice book series (ESWEP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Càndid Palacín Bartrolí, Josep María Mesquida González, María Virginia Matulic Domandzic, Ariadna Munté Pascual, Irene de Vicente Zueras
    Pages 1-11
  3. Maria José Freitas, Jhoy Dassen, Samira Louali, Marijke Sniekers, Chantal van Lieshout, Carin Wevers
    Pages 13-42
  4. Càndid Palacín Bartrolí, Josep María Mesquida González, Josefina Fernández Barrera, María Virginia Matulic Domandzic, Ariadna Munté Pascual, Irene de Vicente Zueras
    Pages 43-71
  5. Stephan Bundschuh, Ines Arendt, Marion Felder, Robert Frietsch, Esra Herzog, Nadja Högner et al.
    Pages 97-132
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 151-166

About this book


This book represents the work of the European Research Network: Inclusive Society and the Role of Social Work, which comprises researchers from Barcelona, Spain; Koblenz, Germany; Maastricht, The Netherlands; and Zagreb, Croatia. The authors present research results and reflections from these four different European countries to provide a comprehensive introduction and discussion of the ambivalences of inclusive processes in society and social work.

The development towards an inclusive society is a subject of ongoing discussion in Europe. How the subject is addressed, through an examination of political and social characteristics, differs significantly by country. Each country-specific chapter includes evidence-based reflections on inclusive society and the role of social work:

  • In The Netherlands, there is evidence of a top-down process implementing inclusive social policy and social work principles through the self-proclaimed ‘participation society’.
  • In Spain, the process to inclusion is accompanied by the third sector often replacing governmental responsibilities, namely through the bottom-up activities of non-governmental organizations in social work.
  • In Croatia, inclusion is a state initiative in transitioning society and an academic approach to deinstitutionalising social work.
  • In Germany, inclusion is discussed in social systems theory and the reform of school systems. In the migration discourse it was introduced as a less-loaded alternative to integration.

Ambivalences of Inclusion in Society and Social Work: Research-Based Reflections in Four European Countries is a useful resource for learners, teachers, practitioners, and researchers in social work, as well as those who have an interest in social policy, social welfare, and sociology.


European social work inclusive society social inclusion social exclusion ambivalence comparative research deinstitutionalization practice-based research inclusive education participation society non-profit UNCRPD Catalonia Croatia Germany The Netherlands Spain social movements transition society social welfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephan Bundschuh
    • 1
  • Maria José Freitas
    • 2
  • Càndid Palacín Bartrolí
    • 3
  • Nino Žganec
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesKoblenz University of Applied SciencesKoblenzGermany
  2. 2.Zuyd University of Applied SciencesSocial Studies AcademySittardThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Department of Social WorkFaculty of Law University of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-55445-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-55446-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2662-2440
  • Series Online ISSN 2662-2459
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