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Social Work and Social Policy: Advancing the Principles of Economic and Social Justice

ISBN: 978-1-118-17699-3
204 pages
January 2013
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A comprehensive overview of domestic and global social welfare policy

Written by a team of renowned social policy experts sharing their unique perspectives on global and U.S. social welfare policy issues, Social Work and Social Policy helps social workers consider key issues that face policymakers, elected officials, and agency administrators in order to develop policies that are both fair and just.

Designed as a foundational social welfare policy text, this important book meets the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).

Encouraging readers' critical thinking on various issues, each chapter begins with an overarching question and "what if" scenarios, and ends with a set of suggested key terms, online resources, and discussion questions.

Recognizing that policy work requires practitioners to be as fully versed as possible with the issue at hand, Social Work and Social Policy thoroughly explores:

  • Social welfare policy as a form of social justice
  • The evolution of the American welfare state
  • Human security and the welfare of societies
  • Social policy from a global perspective
  • Challenges for social policies in Asia
  • Welfare reform and the need for social empathy
  • The U.S. Patriot Act and its implications for the social work profession
  • Human rights and emerging social media

Compelling and broad in scope, Social Work and Social Policy is an indispensable text for students and a valuable resource for practitioners concerned with creating social policy and governmental action guided by justice for all.

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Preface vii

About the Editors x

Contributors xi

Chapter 1 Social Welfare Policy as a Form of Social Justice 1
Ira Colby

Introduction 1

Social Welfare Policy Defined 5

The Relationship Between Justice Theory and Social Welfare Policy 6

Social Work Values and Policy 8

The Traditional Conceptual Framework of Social Welfare 9

Crafting Justice-Based Policy 12

Conclusion 15

Chapter 2 Reconceptualizing the Evolution of the American Welfare State 21
Bruce Jansson

Introduction 21

Some Daunting Challenges Facing Historians of the American Welfare State 21

Nine Eras 28

Topics for Further Research 56

Where Next? 60

Chapter 3 Human Security and the Welfare of Societies 65
Jody Williams

Introduction 65

The Need to Redefine Security for the 21st Century 68

Human Security: Its Fundamentals and Its Roots 70

Is There a Future for a Human Security Framework? 75

Conclusion 77

Chapter 4 Social Policy From a Global Perspective 81
Robin Sakina Mama

Introduction 81

Globalization 82

Globalization as It Relates to Policy 86

Globalization and Ethics 87

Globalization, Policy, and Social Work Practice 88

Chapter 5 Social Justice for Marginalized and Disadvantaged Groups: Issues and Challenges for Social Policies in Asia 93
Joseph Kwok

Introduction 93

Social Justice: An Asian Perspective 95

Social Justice and Social Harmony 96

Social Policy 98

An Asian Context on Social Policy and Social Justice 99

An Asian Perspective on Social Policy Development 101

Social Enterprise and Social Capital 107

Conclusion 112

Chapter 6 Welfare Reform: The Need for Social Empathy 117
Elizabeth A. Segal

Introduction 117

A Brief History of Welfare Reform 119

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families 120

The Success of Welfare Reform 121

Who Receives Welfare? 122

Why Welfare Reform Has Failed 123

Inherent Contradictions in Welfare Reform 125

Values Conflicts 125

The Gap in Experiencing and Understanding Poverty 127

Social Empathy 128

Where Do We Go From Here? The Future of Welfare in America 130

Chapter 7 Not by the Numbers Alone: The Effects of Economic and Demographic Changes on Social Policy 135
Michael Reisch

Introduction 135

Economic Globalization 136

Poverty, Inequality, and Unemployment 139

Demographic Changes: Racism and Immigration 145

Implications for Social Policy 150

Welfare Reform as a Policy Illustration 151

Conclusion 153

Chapter 8 The U.S. Patriot Act: Implications for the Social Work Profession 165
Stan Stojkovic

Introduction 165

The U.S. Patriot Act: Significant Activities and a New System of Justice 167

The U.S. Patriot Act and the Social Work Profession 173

Conclusion 177

Chapter 9 Social Justice in a World of Anywhere Access? 181
Paul R. Raffoul

Introduction 181

Globalization 183

Societal Acceptance and Utilization of Technology 184

Use of Social Media 184

Information Access and Authenticity 186

Ensuring Diversity and Cultural Differences 187

Influencing the Development of Social Policy 187

Unintended Consequences of Technology and Social Policy 188

A Look Ahead to the Year 2022 189

Key Terms 191

Review Questions for Critical Thinking 191

Online Resources 191

References 191

Author Index 193

Subject Index 197

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IRA C. COLBY, DSW, is Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston, in Houston, Texas. Dr. Colby has served on, chaired, or held elective positions in a number of national social work associations, including past president of the Council on Social Work Education, and serves on a number of journal editorial boards.

CATHERINE N. DULMUS, PhD, LCSW, is Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Buffalo Center for Social Research in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, and Research Director at Hillside Family of Agencies in Rochester, New York.

KAREN M. SOWERS, PhD, is Dean and Beaman Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests include juvenile justice, sexuality, social work education, child welfare, evidence-based practice, and international social work practice.

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