Social work is unique as a profession, largely as a result of its commitment to addressing both individual problems and the social conditions that create and sustain those problems. Social action, social justice, and organizing for change are integral to social work, but their prominence has varied throughout the profession's history, largely in relation to the visibility and activity of broader social movements. In contemporary social work, social justice remains centrally important, but is operationalized more in daily practice and rarely linked to social movements.

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Keywords Community, Feminism, Organizing, Paulo Freire, Professionalism, Saul Alinsky, Social action, Social change, Social justice, Social movements, Social work
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Todd, S. (2015). Social Action and Social Justice. In International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition (pp. 132–138). doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.28113-0