The virtual space in the blind spot of social work
Why social work needs to meet the demands and challenges of the social space Internet.
This work deals with the question of how much the virtual space relates to social work. The first part provides an understanding of space and subsequently virtual space. A brief historical summary of selected theories on space, provided by philosophy, natural sciences and social sciences, leads to an understanding that the idea of space does not follow a uniform pattern of thinking. Contemporary concepts of space are discussed and put in relation to virtual space. Furthermore there is a focus on virtual space itself and how it relates to social work. The concept of virtual space within social work is examined in more detail. Considerations on "virtual reality" and the subjective perception and interpretation of reality complete the first part. The second part show, that social work has to deal with virtual space on a professional level. On the basis of the definition of social work a relationship to virtual space is established. Considering relevant concepts, such as living environment orientation, participation, resource orientation and prevention there is a discussion that shows that social work must include virtual space actively in practice an in theory because of its mission. Finally, with a first definition, an answer is given on which mandate social work has in virtual space, and put up for discussion.