Human Behavior In The Social Environment / Edition 5

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Since publication of the first edition of Human Behavior in the Social Environment in 1974, over 120,000 students have successfully used this classic text, which takes a social systems approach to human behavior--an approach that perceives connections between fields of practice, between methods, and across professional disciplines and bodies of theory. Completely revised and updated, this fifth edition reflects awareness of the role of varied cultural and ethnic features within the social environment, and recognizes the importance of the lengthened lifecycle.

This text responds to our understanding of human behavior and to the needs of students and instructors as these have developed since the publication of the previous edition. Three new themes in particular are explored in depth: self-development, caring, and postmodernism. Clearly illustrated throughout, Human Behavior in the Social Environment contains abundant examples from practice and from behavioral patterns drawn from the social sciences, topical events, literature, and the authors' professional and personal experience.

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Takes a social systems approach to human behavior. Chapters on fields of behavior begin with the person and range outward to culture and society. Examples from practice and from behavioral patterns are drawn from the social sciences, topical events, literature, and the authors' personal and professional experiences. This fifth edition shows a full sensitivity to the diverse constituencies of the human services, and reflects awareness of the role of varied cultural and ethnic features within the social environment. A disk is available on request with this edition. The authors are professors in social work at various US universities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202361161
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Series: Modern Applications of Social Work Series
  • Edition description: 5TH
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 1,449,183
  • Product dimensions: 0.74 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary R. Lowe is professor and dean, School of Social Work and Criminal Justice Studies, East Carolina University.

Irl Carteris associate professor emeritus at the School of Social Work, University of Minnesota and served as acting director of the Center for Youth Development in Minneapolis, St. Paul.

Ralph E. Anderson was professor emeritus of the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Fifth Edition
Introduction (1999)
1 Social Systems Theory
Introduction: Providing Meaning to Theory 1
Essence and Ancestry: The Atomistic/Holistic Continuum 4
Energy/Information: The Necessary Element 9
The Four Basic Energy Functions 11
Organization: The Sufficient Element 14
Causation, Feedback Loops, and Chaos Theory 16
2 Aspects of Social Systems
Introduction: Energy - Evolutionary, Structural, and Behavioral 23
Evolution of Social Systems: The Interplay of Change and Maintenance 24
Structural Characteristics 28
Behavioral Aspects of Social Systems 35
3 Culture and Society
Introduction 43
Species and Culture: Unique Aspects of the Human Species 48
Analytic Dimensions of Culture: Qualities of a Society 55
4 Communities
Introduction 73
Community as System 74
Definition of Community 76
The Community in Critical Condition 94
5 Organizations
Introduction 101
Theories of Organization 103
The Open Systems Perspective: The Systems Model 113
6 Groups
Introduction 137
Types of Groups 139
Dimensions of Groups 144
Aspects of Group as System 146
7 Families
Introduction 165
Approaches to Family Analysis 166
A Social Systems View of Families 182
8 The Person
Theoretical Approaches 197
The Critical Phases of the Life Cycle 226
Holonistic Thought 264
Implied Values and Ethical Positions 267
Bibliography 271
Literary Sources 285
Glossary 287
Name Index 297
Subject Index 301
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