Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Social Systems Theory / Edition 5

Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Social Systems Theory / Edition 5

by Orren Dale, Rebecca Smith, Julia M. Norlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 020544606X

ISBN-13: 9780205446063

Pub. Date: 08/01/2005

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

This unique text provides a framework for evaluating various human behavior theories and a context for addressing social work practice with varying levels of social systems.

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Overview

This unique text provides a framework for evaluating various human behavior theories and a context for addressing social work practice with varying levels of social systems.

What People Are Saying About Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Social Systems Theory

"The change and addition of the material in Chapter 4 is by far the most superb aspect of the entire text. This is the one chapter that I read three times because it was so enthralling and instrumental in pulling the book together. I feel that it is so well written, historically accurate and detailed in nature that it should be reprinted in some of our top social work journals. I have decided to re-adopt this text next semester."
Jacquelyn Monroe, Ohio State University

"The top three strengths of this text are the layout and organization; the excellent coverage of theory; and the inclusion of the individual as a social system."
Peggy Maillet, Meredith College

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• Provides a comprehensive approach to the theory base of generalist practice, meeting the needs of core BSW and foundation MSW courses.
• Presents new theoretical models in the areas of spirituality and individual development; discussion of spirituality is integrated throughout.
• The chapter on diversity meets accreditation needs for the HBSE course, while expanded content and case examples on populations-at-risk emphasize the importance of differences.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205446063
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.07(d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with “Summary,” “Glossary,” and “Notes.”

 

I. OVERVIEW.

 

1. Introduction.

 

What Is This Book About?

Who Is the Intended Audience?

What Is Social Work?

What Is the Purpose of Social Work?

What Do All Social Workers Need to Know?

What Is the Relationship of Social Systems Theory to Generalist Practice?

How Is the Construction of Social Systems Theory Approached in this Book?

How Is Social Systems Theory Presented in this Book?

Can Social Systems Theory Be Modeled?

Can the Generalist Practice of Social Work Be Modeled?

 

2. A Social Systems Perspective: The Foundations for Social Systems Theory.

 

The Nature of Theory.

Social Systems Perspective.

General Systems Theory.

Ecological Theory.

Functional Theory.

Symbolic interactionism and Role Theory.

 

3. Social Systems Theory: General Features.

 

Definitions.

Social Systems Theory.

 

4. Social Stratification, Spirituality, and Diversity.

 

Introduction.

Cultural Diversity.

Social Systems Theory.

Dimensions of Stratification.

Conflict and Consensus.

Conflict, Religion, and Diversity

Ethical Issues in Stratification and Diversity.

 

II. THE INDIVIDUAL.

 

5. The Individual: Theories of Psychology Used by Social Workers.

 

Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Theory.

Behaviorism/Learning Theory.

Humanist Theory.

Cognitive Development Theory.

Moral Development Theory.

Symbolic Interaction Theory.

 

6. Psychosocial Theory: A Social Systems Perspective.

 

Focus.

Assumptions.

Concepts.

Infancy.

Post-Infancy.

Pre-School.

School.

Adolescence.

Early Adulthood.

Middle Adulthood.

Late Adulthood.

 

III. THE SOCIAL GROUP.

 

7. The Social Group: An Introduction.

 

Definitions.

Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft.

Natural and Rational Will.

Primary and Secondary Groups.

Collections of People, Categories of People, and the Social Group.

 

8. The Social Group: Theoretical Support.

 

Field Theory.

Exchange Theory.

Symbolic Interaction Theory.

 

9. The Family as a System of Roles.

 

Families as Emergent Structures.

Structural Family Theory.

Family Systems Theory.

Communications/Interactive Theory.

 

10. The Social Group and Family: Social Systems Theory.

 

The Social Group and the Family.

Social Systems Theory: Review of General Features.

Social Systems Theory: The Social Group and the Family.

 

IV. THE FORMAL ORGANIZATION.

 

11. The Formal Organization: An Introduction.

 

Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft.

Definition.

Organizational Theory and Practice Authority.

The Weberian Bureaucracy–The Rationalist Position.

The Human Relations Position.

Organizational Theory and Social Work Education.

 

12. The Formal Organization: Social Systems Theory.

 

Comparisons with the Rationalist and Human Relations Positions.

The Dialectic.

Social Systems Theory: Emergence.

Social Systems Theory: A Review.

Social Systems Theory: The Functional Requisites.

Social Systems Theory: The Structural Components.

Social Systems Theory: Developmental Stages of Formal Organizations.

Social Systems Theory: Total Quality Management.

 

13. The Formal Organization as a Social System.

 

Boundary.

Suprasystem.

Interface.

Input.

Proposed Output.

Conversion Operations.

Output.

Feedback.

 

V. THE COMMUNITY.

 

14. The Community: An Introduction.

 

Definitions of Community.

The Ecological Position: Human Ecology.

The Community Power Position.

Community Power: The Elitist Position.

Community Power: The Pluralist Position.

The Conflict Position.

 

15. The Community: Social Systems Theory.

 

Comparisons with Ecological, Power, and Conflict Positions.

Social Systems Theory.

 

Index.

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