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The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Problems

Palgrave Macmillan


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  • Showcases new sociological approaches to social problems.

  • Considers the problems as globally interconnected and mediated by new geopolitical and market logics.

  • This book will serve as a major reference work for most all educational programs in social science across the world

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Table of contents (85 entries)

  1. Adult-Child Co-agency - For or Against Children’s Rights

    • Áron Telegdi-Csetri, Sorana Constantinescu, Viorela Ducu, Maria Roth
  2. Ameliorating Digital Inequalities in Remote Australia

    • John Guenther, Metta Young, Ben Smede
  3. Beyond COVID-19 in Indonesia

    • Rida Afrilyasanti, Yazid Basthomi
  4. Climate Change, Inequality, and Poverty in Nigeria

    • M. Oludele Solaja, D. Olumide Onafeso
  5. Combining Economic Work and Motherhood: Challenges Faced by Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

    • Philippa Waterhouse, Rachel Bennett, Aravinda Guntupalli, Zitha Mokomane
  6. Coping for All Seasons

    • Erica Frydenberg, Rachel Liang
  7. Defining “Good Enough” Parenting

    • Memory J. Tembo-Pankuku, Ingunn Studsrød
  8. Effects of Economic Climate on Internal and External Conflicts: Panel Data Analysis

    • Noman Arshed, Waqas Ahmad, Kamran Hameed, Mubbasher Munir

About this book

​Globalization in the 21st century has contributed towards tremendous changes in world society. Countries across the world are facing issues such as poverty, climate change, population ageing, issues related to immigration, migration, COVID-19 and intergenerational historic trauma, mental illness and rising income inequality. In addition, the established world order and global dominance of the Western-centric development agenda and modernity and the unequal distribution of world’s resources have created tremendous problems for many people living in global as well as local communities, both in developed and developing countries. 

This major reference work handbook discusses global social problems across social, political, economic and geographical boundaries. By bringing together contributions that approach social problems at different levels of society (local, regional, national, transnational, or at the macro, meso and micro levels), it considers them as globally interconnected and mediated by new geopolitical and market logics. 

This volume showcases new approaches to social problems, it is multidisciplinary in its approach and thematically organised. 


  • Neo-liberalism
  • globalisation
  • SDGs
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • poverty
  • inequality
  • climate change
  • migration
  • COVID-19
  • coronavirus
  • mental health

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

    Rajendra Baikady

  • Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

    S.M Sajid

  • Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland

    Jaroslaw Przeperski

  • Department of Social Work, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, South Africa

    Varoshini Nadesan

  • Inst of Social Welfare & Res, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    M. Rezaul Islam

  • Sch of Philosophy & Social Development, Shandong University, Central Campus, Jinan, China

    Jianguo Gao

About the editors

Rajendra Baikady is a Social Work educator and researcher. He is the winner of Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (2019-2020) and Confucius Studies Understanding China Fellowship (Post-Doctoral Research) at Shandong University Peoples Republic of China (2018-2019). 

Sajid S.M is Professor and former  Pro-Vice Chancellor,  Department of Social Work, Jamia Milia Islamia New, Delhi India

Jaroslaw Przeperski  is Director Centre for Family Research and adjunct professor in the Social Work Department,  Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun Poland. He is also an expert on family matters in the Polish Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy. 

Varoshini Nadesan is resident: Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions and a lecturer at the Department of Social Work in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa. 

M. Rezaul Islam is Professor in Social Work, Institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Academic Adviser at the Department of Social Administration & Justice, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Gao Jianguo is a Professor and former Head in the Department of Social Work, School of Philosophy and Social Development, Shandong University, Peoples Republic of China.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Problems

  • Editors: Rajendra Baikady, S.M Sajid, Jaroslaw Przeperski, Varoshini Nadesan, M. Rezaul Islam, Jianguo Gao

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Social Sciences, Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Number of Pages: C, 1900

  • Number of Illustrations: 350 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Sociology, Social Work, Society, Social Structure, Globalization