Social work corresponds to professional intervention contexts that hinge both on institutional domains (such as family care, school, health, justice) and on the aptitudes of relevant professionals. Social workers carry out their mission following a logic of reparation, protection, prevention and in some instances, emancipation. Mainly trained in the humanities, they work in professions in which they must handle knowledge from various disciplines. However, the training of social workers is subject to many major challenges. In response, research-based initiatives endeavor to accommodate the empowerment of actors and the production of knowledge.
This issue deals with several aspects of training to and through research in the field of Social Work. It examines the logics of recognition and emancipation, the controversies, but also the contexts of emergence of a field within a global movement of mutations of the relevant professions in our contemporary societies.