https://www.syncsci.com/journal/SWSW/issue/feed Social Work and Social Welfare 2022-09-14T09:34:37+08:00 Snowy Wang snowy.wang@syncsci.com Open Journal Systems <p><a title="Registered Journal" href="https://www.reviewercredits.com/user/soc-work-soc-welf" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="journalreviewercredits" src="/journal/public/site/images/jasongong/Logo_ReviewerCredits-journal.jpg" alt="ReviewerCredits" align="right"></a><strong>Social Work and Social Welfare</strong> (ISSN: 2591-782X) is an open access, international peer-reviewed journal to provide a free source for social work educators, practitioners, managers and researchers. SWSW seeks to publish quality articles of interest to professional working, with papers reporting research, discussing practice, examining principles and theories.</p> <p>Research fields include, but are not limited to the following:<br>• Social Governance<br>• Social Policy and Law<br>• Social Organization<br>• Community System<br>• Social Charity<br>• Welfare System<br>• Rural Development<br>• Social Insurance<br>• Public Welfare<br>• Social Medicine (miscellaneous)</p> https://www.syncsci.com/journal/SWSW/article/view/SWSW.2022.02.004 The three-legged pot and the lasting impact of the Gukurahundi: Shona Ndebele inter-tribal families in England 2022-09-14T09:34:37+08:00 Chipo Maendesa bevechips@yahoo.co.uk Yohai Hakak yohai.hakak@brunel.ac.uk <p>This qualitative study explores the lived experiences of Shona/Ndebele inter-tribal families in England, the challenges they face, and their responses to these. The findings show that the atrocities of the Gukurahundi continue to cast their shadow on some of these families. Disapproval of the marriage from one or both sides of the couple's parents leads to the couple's parents' subsequent lack of interest in the children born in these families. This is then extended to the wider family. Gender imbalances, culture shock and communication difficulties were other challenges faced by such couples. Couples learned to compromise and bring their cultures together, for example through cooking. The three-legged pot' metaphor was used by older women to teach younger, mainly Ndebele, women to accept male infidelity. This study will inform practitioners working with such couples as well as other mixed couples, especially those originating from areas of conflict.</p> 2022-09-14T09:34:37+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/SWSW/article/view/SWSW.2022.02.002 Social work organizations’ initiatives towards community empowerment among rural migrant workers in Xiamen, China 2022-08-19T18:42:51+08:00 Shanshan Hong amyhss@hotmail.com <p>Social work organizations (SWOs) are under rapid development in Mainland China, and they are characterized as both non-government organizations (NGOs)' features and Chinese features. This research investigates SWOs' capacity to develop community empowerment through a case study on two SWOs in Xiamen China. The study found that SWOs organized individual activities, family activities, group activities, and community activities; their community empowerment strategies are soft and modified in the Chinese practical environment and political background; SWOs' empowerment approach emphasizes personal empowerment but not organizational or institutional empowerment; SWOs' interventions are not that successful but are still under development towards community empowerment with their path, and their over-dependence on government leads to their sluggish promotion in community empowerment. The study suggests that SWOs in China should change their development strategies, diversify their funding sources, and explore their professional methods to develop equal connections with other organizations, especially governmental departments. It is necessary to re-conceptualize the definition of community empowerment in China.&nbsp;</p> 2022-08-18T14:54:33+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/SWSW/article/view/SWSW.2022.02.001 Rural grandparenting: A Wellness approach 2022-08-10T17:10:02+08:00 Tamara Woods twoods@uncfsu.edu <p>The study examined the experiences of African American grandmothers living in rural settings providing care to their grandchildren, in the mist of their own chronic health issues. The study explored the health, physical functioning, well-being, support, and resources of these grandmothers. The custodial grandmothers reported challenges and needs which included their own health issues, lack of support, financial concerns, transportation and childcare issues.&nbsp;&nbsp; The findings revealed that developing health education programs and other formal supports focusing on health, and resources have a positive effect on the grandmother’s perceptions regarding their health and support.</p> 2022-08-10T17:09:40+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## https://www.syncsci.com/journal/SWSW/article/view/SWSW.2022.02.003 Studying opinion polarization on social media 2022-08-22T09:56:55+08:00 Tianji Jiang tianji008@g.ucla.edu <p>Opinion polarization on social media raises a lot of concerns today. In this study, the author provides a systematic review of publications about the issues since 2013 to show the achievements in the existing research on the topic, to sort out the relevant knowledge, and to provide some inspirations for future research in this area. This paper finds that opinion polarization on social media is initiated by three patterns of factors: increasing the homophily in discussions, increasing conflict in social media discussions, and facilitating the spread of misinformation. It also summarizes the existing findings on how to detect and measure opinion polarization in social media, and comes up with opportunities for further researches on this topic.</p> 2022-08-22T09:55:15+08:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##