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date: 29 March 2023

Civil Society in Macro Social Worklocked

Civil Society in Macro Social Worklocked

  • Jocelyn Clare R. HermosoJocelyn Clare R. HermosoSan Francisco State University
  •  and Carmen Luca SugawaraCarmen Luca SugawaraIndiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis


The connection between macro social work practice and civil society is inextricable. Macro practice focuses on forming and strengthening people’s organizations, communities, and other collectivities that make up the structure and foundation of civil society, defined as the sphere outside of the state and market where people can exercise their right to participate in decision-making on political, social, and other matters that affect their lives. Working with civil society can compensate for some of the limitations of working within state institutions. Civil society’s potential and ability to serve as an arena for realizing individual and community well-being, human rights, and social justice warrant positioning it on equal footing as the state as an area of practice for the social work profession.


  • Macro Practice
  • Social Work Profession

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