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Foundations of Social Policy Social Justice in Human Perspective

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ISBN-10: 0534567207

ISBN-13: 9780534567200

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Amanda Smith Barusch

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Reflecting an emerging consensus that social justice is a primary mission of the social work profession, this social policy text explicitly addresses the broad issues and human dilemmas inherent in the pursuit of social justice. Organized in four parts, the book introduces several philosophical perspectives on what constitutes social justice, and identifies the values and assumptions reflected in contemporary policy debates. Part I provides a framework for policy analysis and policy practice, as well as foundation content related to the structure and role of government in the United States. The second part offers a theoretical framework for determining when a personal disadvantage is considered a social problem. It then focuses on social problems that constitute widely shared risks, including poverty, physical illness, mental illness and disability. Part III introduces theories of oppression and explores the challenges faced by populations that have faced discrimination and oppression, including people of color, gays and lesbians, children, women, and the elderly. The final part offers a "Glance to The Future," examining emerging policy issues such as U.S. labor policy and inequality, incarceration as a means of social control, globalization, and international governance.
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Book details

List price: $138.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 512
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Virginia E. Richardson is a professor at the Ohio State University College of Social Work. She is the author or coauthor of several books, including Retirement Counseling: A Handbook for Gerontology Practitioners.Amanda S. Barusch is a professor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is the author of several books, including Foundations of Social Policy: Social Justice in Human Perspective.

Preface
Policy Analysis: Frameworks and Tools
Social Justice and Social Workers
Social Justice Defined
Social Justice: Themes for "Micro" Practice
Social Workers and Social Justice
Summary: Social Justice Concepts
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The Government's Role
Philosophical Perspectives and Contemporary Politics
Levels of Government
Branches of Government
Privatization: Ending the "Era of Big Government"?
The U.S. Tax System: A Brief Introduction
Summary: The Role of Goernment in Pursuit of Social Justice
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Policy Analysis and Policy Practice
What Is Policy Practice?
Research for Policy Practice: Assessment and Analysis
Policy Analysis
Advocacy Skills
Preparing, Composing, and Delivering Arguments
Negotiation and Compromise
Use of Relationship
Building and Maintaining Coalitions
Empowerment in Policy Practice
Ethical Issues in Policy Practice
Characteristics of Ethical Persuasion
Legal Considerations in Policy Practice
Summary: Question the Inevitable and Challenge the Invincible
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Collective Responses to Social Problems
Predicting Collective Action
Social Problem Analysis
About Part II
The Social Security Act
Social Insurance in Western Europe
Social Security in the United States
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance for Workers
Unemployment Insurance
Disability Insurance
Medical Insurance
Means-Tested Programs under the Social Security Act
Health and Social Services
A Tool for Social Justice: The Philosophies of Social Security in the United States
Summary: Social Security Programs
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Poverty
Defining Poverty
Critiques of the Poverty Threshold
Values and Beliefs about Poverty and the Poor
Public Interventions to Prevent or Alleviate Poverty
Programs for America's Poor
Summary of Attitudes and Interventions
The Realties of Poverty in the Contemporary United States
Summary: What Does the Future Hold for America's Poor?
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Physical Illness
History of Public Health Interventions in the United States
Federal Health Agencies
Federal Financing of Health Care
Growth of the "Health Industry"
Public Health Investments and Returns
Vulnerable Groups in an Affluent Nation
Modern Epidemics and Global Government
Fundamental Dilemmas in U.S. Health Care Policy
Health Care Reform Proposals
Social Work Roles in Health Care Policy
Summary: Health Care Issues in the United States
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Mental Illness
Defining Mental Illness
Values and Beliefs about Mental Illness
Historical Development of Interventions for Mental Illness
Mental Illness in the United States Today
Summary: Mental Health Interventions and Issues
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Disability
Defining Disability
A Brief History of Policies Affecting People with Disabilities
Current Realities Affecting People with Disabilities
Summary: An Emerging Agenda
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Vulnerable Populations: Discrimination and Oppression
People of Color
Defining Race and Ethnicity
Theories about Racism
The Role of Government: Racism and Public Policy
People of Color in the United States: A Historical Overview
Policies Affecting People of Color
Summary: Future Prospects
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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Individuals
Defining Homosexuality
Legal Issues Affecting Gays and Lesbians
Discrimination by Organizations and Employers
Antigay Violence and Hate Crime Legislation
HIV/AIDS and Social Policy
Transgendered Individuals
Social Workers, Social Justice, and Gay Rights
Summary: Current and Future Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Individuals
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Children
Changing Conceptions of Childhood: From "Little Men" to "Future Citizens"
Children as Assets
Children as Students
Children as Victims
Children as Villains
Policy Practice in Child Welfare: The Role of Social Workers
Summary: The Current Outlook for America's Children
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Women
Women as Wives and Mothers
Women as Workers
Women in the Social Work Profession
Summary: The Status of Women in the United States Today
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The Elderly
Defining Old Age
Cultural Perspectives on Old Age in Colonial America
Changing Perspectives on Old Age in American Society
Early Programs and Policies for the Elderly
Modern Attitudes toward the Elderly
Social and Demographic Factors Affecting the Elderly
Modern Programs and Policies for Elderly Americans
Social Work with the Elderly
Summary: The Outlook for Elderly Americans
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Cycles of Liberation
A Glance Toward the Future
Emerging Trends
Contrasting Visions of Social Welfare
Summary: Changing Politics
A Closing Note
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References
Name Index
Subject Index