The Practice of Macro Social Work / Edition 4

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This thorough comprehensive text covers the important components of macro social work practice, including research, community and organization development, social action and planning, and administrative tasks. The author views macro practice as the key to social work in the future, carrying on a long and rich tradition of social work in solving social problems and making social change.
The author's unique "action social theory" provides an organizational framework for the book. This theory is based on the fact that one of the most important characteristics of the self is the individual's active engagement in the construction of social reality and creating social meaning as people interact with one another. The book takes a position that macro social workers are most centrally positioned of any helping professionals to make a lasting impact on our social world. Intriguing and motivating examples throughout help students see how the book's policy action focus works in effecting social change in the real world of government, community groups, and other organizations.
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Editorial Reviews

A text on making social change at the community, organizational, societal, and global levels, challenging students to examine their motivations for becoming social workers, and to critique the premises of the social work profession. Appendices offer annotated entries on volunteer and job opportunities, organizations, and Internet resources. This second edition contains updated material, exercises, an expanded global perspective, and material on new theory and practice models. The author is affiliated with Kyushu University of Health and Welfare, Japan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"This is a strong text in the macro practice of social work. The planned revisions can only serve to strengthen it."

"A wide-ranging and comprehensive text on macro social work practice. As in the previous editions, the vignettes at the beginning of each chapter set the mood and tone for the chapter and captures the interest of the reader."

"Strengths: •Strong historical reviews under each chapter •Well-researched. •There is such a wealth of information that educators don't have to supplement the text with other textbooks. •Addition of e-advocacy is a plus. •Globalization is further discussed in this edition, and as a result, it is a much welcome revision."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495602286
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/15/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 223,508
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William Brueggemann is a professor in the Masters and Doctoral Program, School of Social Welfare, at Kyushu University of Health and Welfare in Japan.

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Table of Contents

1 Overview of the Practice of Macro Social Work 1
Pt. I Solving Social Problems and Making Social Change 19
2 Social Problems and Social Change 24
3 The Method of Solving Social Problems 52
4 Leadership: The Hallmark of Macro Social Work 83
Pt. II Social Work With Communities 109
5 Communities 112
6 Becoming a Social Work Planner 135
7 Becoming a Community Developer 167
8 Becoming a Community Organizer 196
Pt. III Social Work Practice With Organizations 229
9 The Social Sector and the Rise of the Social Organization 232
10 Becoming a Program Developer 253
11 Becoming a Social Work Administrator 290
12 Becoming an Organization Developer 316
Pt. IV Macro Social Work at the Societal and Global Levels 345
13 Becoming a Social Policy Advocate 347
14 Becoming Active in Social Movements 375
15 Social Work at the Global Level 406
Pt. V Macro Social Work Resources 427
Epilogue: Macro Social Work: A Profession of Heroes 428
App. A Volunteer and Job Opportunities A-1
App. B How to Get Involved B-1
App. C: Internet Ancillaries C-1
Notes N-1
Index I-1
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