Practicing Social Justice

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Examine new research and innovative programs targeted to serve vulnerable populations!

This collection highlights innovative programs and interventions targeted toward underserved, vulnerable, and marginalized populations, including the
homeless, immigrants, refugees, female ex-offenders, people with developmental disabilities who are entering the criminal justice system,
homicidal youth, and children whose parents are involved in high-conflict custody disputes. In addition, Practicing Social Justice raises critical
questions on how society should justly provide for the economic well-being of our most valuable human asset—our children—with an incisive look at the
Temporary Aid for Needy Families legislation and its long-term impact on disadvantaged children. This book also evaluates the Bridges Across Racial
Polarization Programs® and explores a wide selection of important social justice issues that the social workers of today and tomorrow need to

Specifically, this well-referenced book:
-details the mission and guiding principles of the Emmet and Mary Doerr
 Center for Social Justice at the Saint Louis University School of Social
 Service, with a focus on the Center's innovative partnered approach
-examines nine models/theories of justice with varying philosophical,
 sectarian, and nonsectarian orientations
-illustrates innovative approaches to community economic development for
 previously neglected poor communities, including an inclusive community
 plan structured to bring about home ownership, macro-enterprises, and the
 accumulation of capital through savings
-documents the rise of homelessness in the state of Missouri—in spite of an
 unprecedented period of economic growth and general prosperity
-explores social justice concerns for immigrants and refugees entering the
 United States, with a focus on providing positive community commitment and
-describes an empowering, strengths-based program that can help female
 ex-offenders to find and develop support from the community
-champions the social rights of people with developmental disabilities who
 are entering the criminal justice system
-proposes systemic reform for homicidal youth in terms of prevention,
 intervention, and remediation
-describes a program designed to provide a safe environment for the
 supervised visitation of children in high-conflict custody disputes,
 providing security for both parents and children
-advocates for innovative inpatient-staff participatory decision-making in
 mental health hospitals, offering an approach designed to increase patient
 control over decisions directly affecting their well-being
 and more!

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What People Are Saying

John T. Pardeck
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS IMPORTANT EDITED WORK to practitioners, academic, and students majoring in the human services and related fields. . . . Fills an important void in the area of social justice and related issues. . . . Offers a detailed analysis of numerous social justice issues.
PhD, LCSW, Editor, Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Dianna P. Moore
AN EXCELLENT OVERVIEW of the issues surrounding social justice and tying social work theory into real-world applications. . . . Provides distinct examples of programs that have worked. . . . RECOMMENDED for those just entering into social work as an overview of the many facets of social justice, and to those who have been in the field for a number of years who may be experiencing the frustration of working diligently without seeing much in results, as it demonstrates the potential of connecting justice with service.
CEcD, Executive Director, Missouri Association for Social Welfare
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789021069
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Social Thought Monograph
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Practicing Social Justice
Whose Justice? An Examination of Nine Models of Justice
Practicing Social Justice: Community Based Research, Education and Practice
On Becoming a Social Justice Practitioner
The Race/Poverty Intersection: Will We Ever Achieve Liberty and Justice for
Building Bridges and Improving Racial Harmony: An Evaluation of the Bridges
Across Racial Polarization Program®
Social Justice and Welfare Reform: A Shift in Policy
“Human-Sized” Economic Development: Innovations in Missouri
The Homeless in Missouri in the ’90’s: A Continuing Challenge to Social
Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Resiliency, Trauma, Policy, and Practice
Doing Justice: Women Ex-Offenders as Group Facilitators, Advocates, and
Community Educators
Practicing Social Justice with Persons with Mental Illness Residing in
Psychiatric Hospitals
Youth Who Murder and Societal Responsibility: An Issue of Social Justice
Children of High Conflict Custody Disputes: Striving for Social Justice in
Adult Focused Litigation
Reference Notes Included
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