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Welfare State and Social Work Pursuing Social Justice

ISBN-10: 0761930248
ISBN-13: 9780761930242
Edition: 2007
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Description: The Welfare State and Social Work: The Hesitant Pursuit of Social Justice critically assesses the historical, sociopolitical, and economic factors that have influenced social work policy and practice in the United States. By viewing social welfare  More...

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Book details

List price: $119.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

The Welfare State and Social Work: The Hesitant Pursuit of Social Justice critically assesses the historical, sociopolitical, and economic factors that have influenced social work policy and practice in the United States. By viewing social welfare and social work in light of principles of social justice, this book offers a fresh understanding of their interplay and how this interaction affects policy practice. Key Features: Conceptualizes social justice as it operates, or fails to operate, under a specific system-the liberal democracy familiar to citizens of the United States Examines how administrative centralization and political and economic power affect social policies, how these policies are conditioned by the paths embedded in the histories of previous decisions, and how a selective ideology justifies them Offers a critical commentary following the coverage of historical periods Systematically compares outcomes in the United States with those in other liberal democracies that have different welfare regimes, and evaluates proposals for reforming welfare in a global context

Josefina Figueira-McDonough, Ph.D., is professor emerita of Social Work and of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. Trained in social work and sociology at the University of Michigan, she has taught in both fields at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Vanderbilt University. She has lectured and/or conducted research in Puerto Rico, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Ireland. Her work on social justice has focused on deviance and control, the ecology of poverty, policy outcomes, community analysis and curricula. This research has been supported by federal, state, and private grants and disseminated in social science as well as in social work journals. She is presently on the board of two international and interdisciplinary journals, Social Intervention and Social Compass, and is a member of the book committee of the National Association of Social Workers. Her most recent books include Community Analysis and Praxis: Toward a Grounded Civil Society (Brunner-Routledge, 2001), Servi�o Social: Profiss�o e Identidade , with A. Negreiros, A. Martins and B. Henriques (Veras Editora, 2000), and Women at the Margins: Neglect, Punishment and Resistance , edited with Rosemary Sarri (Howard Press, 2002).

Introduction
Making Sense of Social Justice
Justice as a Value in Social Work
A Schizophrenic Profession?
Rescuing a Profession That Betrayed Its Mission
Gil on Social Determinism and Constructing a Just Society
Piven and Cloward on Welfare, Control, and Disruption
Gilbert on Balanced Reform From Within
Jordan on Struggling for Justice and Social Work
Wakefield on Justice as the Organizing Principle of Social Work
Comparing Concepts of Social Work
Understanding Social Justice in Liberal Democracies
Liberal-Democratic Society and its Contradictions
Theories of Social Justice for Liberal Democracies
Freedom Versus Democracy: Priorities in the United States
Evaluating Distributive Justice in the United States
Expanding the Welfare State Concept
Dimensions of Distributive Justice
How does the United States Rate on Distributive Justice?
Interpreting Welfare in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism
Building an Analytic Framework
The Fragile Roots of Welfare in the United States: From Colony to the Gilded Era
The Legacy of the English Poor Laws and the Shaping of a National Ideology in the Eighteenth Century
The Nineteenth Century: Seismic Changes and Moral Certainties
The Ambiguous Ancestry of Welfare and Social Work in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
The Progressive Era
Social Work, 1900-1920
Social Regression, Disaster, and the Birth of the Welfare State During the Interwar Years
Social Work in the Twenties and Thirties
From the Aftermath of World War II to the Great Society
Holding Back the New Deal
Social Work in the Postwar Period
The Promise of the Great Society
Social Work in the Sixties
The Weakening of the Welfare State Gains Speed
The Seventies: Expansion and Stagnation
Social Work in the Seventies
Reagan and the Precipitous Undoing of Public Assistance
Social Work in a Regressive Era
The End of the Millennium and the Demise of Entitlement to Public Assistance
A Centrist President in a Conservative Government
Social Work at the End of the Millennium
The Lesser Americans: Historical Legacies
The Story of a Limited Democracy
Women and the Welfare State
The Preindustrial Period
Economic and Social Restructuring
The Place of Women in the New Deal
Welfare Through the Color Lens
African Americans
Mexican Americans
Native Americans
Genocide, Manifest Destiny, and Contradictory Federal Policy
Contemporary Directions of the Liberal Welfare State
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - I
Positive Outcomes, Concerns, and Questions
Devolution: Unaccountability, Creativity, and State Budgets Crisis
Promoting the Work Ethic and Self-Sufficiency
Toward a Nuclear Family State
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - II
Barriers and Exclusion
TANF Reauthorization
Social Security and the Push Toward Privatization
The Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003
Social Insurance Financing and Alternative Proposals
Further Thoughts About Privatization
Contemporary Directions of Welfare States in Developed Nations
Types of Welfare States, Different Outcomes, and Future Needs
Different Logics of Welfare States
Alternative Institutional Designs
Comparing Welfare Types
Historical Synopses
Achievements of the Welfare Regimes
The Future of Welfare State in Postindustrial Societies
Demographic and Economic Shifts
The Three Pillars of Welfare
Locating and Counteracting Sources of Injustice
Framing Policy Practice
Social Work's Commitment to Justice for the Twenty-First Century
How Do Professional Statements Fit With Social Work Theories of Justice?
What Do Social Justice Theories Add?
What Guidelines Can Be Derived From the Historical Analysis?
Ideology
Policy Decision Making
Summary
Policy Practice
Building Influence From the Ground Up
Influence in Policy Making
Shaping Policy Implementation
Judicial Policy Making
Interdependence Among Types of Policy Practice
Conclusion

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