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Published in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW Press)

Oxford University Press has partnered with the NASW on the Encyclopedia of Social Work, a continuously updated online collaboration building off the classic reference work.

OUP and NASW Press proudly present The Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work

Edited by Darlyne Bailey and Terry Mizrahi, the Encyclopedia includes nearly 200 articles written by 334 authors and peer-reviewed by 13 Associate Editors.

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Abortion

"Until the 19th century, abortion law in the United States was nonexistent, and abortion was not seen as a moral issue. However, by the turn of the 20th century, abortion was legally defined and controlled..." – By D. Lynn Jackson

Ethics in Research

"Social work researchers hold themselves to ethical standards, compatible with social work ethics, for social science and biomedical research involving human beings. This article describes..." – By Jeane W. Anastas

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