Practicing Social Justice

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Overview

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 understand.

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 response
  • 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: 9780789021076
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Social Thought Monograph
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

  • The Right of Justice: Contributions of Social Work Practice-Research
  • 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 All?
  • 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 ’90s: A Continuing Challenge to Social Justice
  • 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
  • Practicing Social Justice with Persons with Developmental Disabilities Who Enter the Criminal Justice System
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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