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Social Work and Sustainable Development : Local Voices from 'Maurice Ile Durable'
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology. (Social Work and Social Policy)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0886-7402
2012 (English)In: Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Abstract book, 2012, 274- p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The island of Mauritius is a well-known tourist destination. It has a land surface area of 1,860 square kilometers with a coastline of 177 kilometers, and a total human population of about 1.2 million. Within the context of sustainable development initiatives, the current government launched a project called ‘Maurice Ile Durable’ in 2008. Within this particular context, social workers are often being called upon to work on sustainable social development programmes, such as community empowerment for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (IZCM). Social work has a long tradition of using theoretical perspectives for analysing social problems as well as guiding decision-making for interventions and practice. The aim of the paper is to present an analysis of the voices gathered from the local ICZM stakeholders, using a critical eco-social work perspective, in order to identify important sectors for eco-social work interventions. This paper is based on qualitative data collected from 2009 to 2011 for three different ICZM research projects. The data set consist of 8 focus group discussions with influential local inhabitants from 8 key coastal villages, and 24 semi-structured face-to-face interviews with leaders of national non-governmental and governmental organisations involved in ICZM programmes in Mauritius. Atlas-ti 6.2, a computer aided qualitative data analysis software, has been utilised to carry out a critical discourse analysis of the gathered data. From the analysis of the gathered voices, the discussion on findings is focused on three key sectors for critical eco-social work within ICZM programmes in Mauritius. These keys sectors are; access to coastal resources, redistribution of national benefits from the tourism industry, and community empowerment through the ‘National Empowerment Programme’. The conclusion of the paper is based on the implications for anti-oppressive and emancipatory social work practice within the promotion of sustainable social development in Mauritius.

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2012. 274- p.
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Mauritius, Social workers, Empowerment, Sustainable development, Sustainable social development, Social sustainablity
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20580DiVA: diva2:868875
Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development 2012 : Action and Impact, 8-12 July 2012, Stockholm, Sweden
Available from: 2015-11-12 Created: 2015-11-12 Last updated: 2017-01-10Bibliographically approved

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