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date: 26 September 2022

Social Work Macro Historylocked

Social Work Macro Historylocked

  • Eva M. Moya, Eva M. MoyaThe University of Texas at El Paso
  • David Stoesz, David StoeszUniversity of Illinois, Springfield
  • Mark LuskMark LuskThe University of Texas at El Paso
  •  and Silvia M. Chávez-BaraySilvia M. Chávez-BarayThe University of Texas at El Paso


A broad overview of the professionalization of social work in the United States is presented while illustrating how developments in social work stimulated the emergence of macro social work as a field of practice. The history of macro practice’s dedication to social justice, human rights, and the eradication of poverty through macro-level strategies is reviewed. Influential forces, practice challenges, and initiatives responsible for the establishment and continued movement within the field are highlighted. How macro practice fits within the Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Macro Social Work Practice (2018) and the Grand Challenges for Social Work (2015) is reviewed, along with future endeavors in macro social work.


  • Macro Practice
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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