The Reluctant Welfare State: Engaging History to Advance Social Work Practice in Contemporary Society / Edition 6

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Written in clear, lively prose by one of the foremost scholars in the area of social welfare, THE RELUCTANT WELFARE STATE: ENGAGING HISTORY TO ADVANCE SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY, Sixth Edition, places social policy into political, cultural, and societal context. Using social policy history as a catalyst, Dr. Jansson analyzes the evolution of American welfare and invites you to think critically about issues, developments, and policies in prior eras and in contemporary society, to help you develop your own "policy identity."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495507147
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/20/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 612
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author


Bruce S. Jansson (MA, University of Chicago and Harvard University; PhD, University of Chicago) is Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). He joined the USC faculty in 1973 after working in Michigan as a community organizer and planner for tenant rights. His scholarly interests focus on advancing case advocacy and policy advocacy in social work, as well as examining the history and practice of social welfare policy. He also has served as the Moses Distinguished Research Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Jansson is probably most well-known for the book THE SIXTEEN TRILLION DOLLAR MISTAKE: HOW THE U.S. BUNGLED ITS NATIONAL PRIORITIES FROM THE NEW DEAL TO THE PRESENT (2001). The author of several other titles, Jansson is currently working on two books. One discusses how social workers and other staff in the health and human services can link case and policy advocacy in different sectors including mental health, child welfare, corrections, education, and civil rights. The other analyzes why the United States has not significantly reduced health disparities in the last five decades, and whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will achieve this result.
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Table of Contents

1. THE SYMBIOTIC AND UNEASY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CLIENTS, SOCIAL WORKERS, AND THE WELFARE STATE. 2. MAKING THE AMERICAN WELFARE STATE MORE HUMANE, PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE. 3. FASHIONING A NEW SOCIETY IN THE WILDERNESS. 4. SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY IN THE EARLY REPUBLIC: 1789-1860. 5. LOST OPPORTUNITIES: THE FRONTIER, THE CIVIL WAR, AND INDUSTRIALIZATION. 6. SOCIAL REFORM IN THE PROGRESSIVE ERA. 7. SOCIAL POLICY TO ADDRESS THE WORST ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE IN U.S. HISTORY. 8. THE ERA OF FEDERAL SOCIAL SERVICES: THE NEW FRONTIER AND THE GREAT SOCIETY. 9. THE PARADOXICAL ERA: 1968-1980. 10. THE CONSERVATIVE COUNTERREVOLUTION IN THE ERA OF REAGAN AND BUSH, SR. 11. RELUCTANCE ILLUSTRATED: POLICY UNCERTAINTY DURING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. 12. BUSH'S QUEST FOR REALIGNMENT. 13. WHY HAS THE AMERICAN WELFARE STATE BEEN RELUCTANT—AND WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? 14. USING KNOWLEDGE OF THE EVOLUTION OF THE AMERICAN WELFARE STATE TO IMPROVE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY.

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