Social Work in Contemporary Society / Edition 2

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Social Work in Contemporary Society, Second Edition represents more than an investment in your social work education; it is an investment in your future as a professional social worker. As you begin your social work practice, you will often have occasion to refer back to the principles you have learned in your coursework. Your textbook was written not simply to aid you in the educational process, but to be of continuing assistance to you once you begin your professional practice. It embodies many of the concepts and terms that you will need as a professional social worker, and will be a valuable tool to use in your professional practice. Build your professional social work library with this volume; we believe it will serve you well in your career as a professional social worker.
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An introductory text on social work methods and policies and on social services, from an ecological perspective. Part I presents an overview of the systems within which social work and services evolved. Part II deals with ways that social workers create change and how this relates to ecological ideas. Part III discusses the ecology of specific settings for social work and social welfare activity. Part IV highlights the use of research and the nature of social work as a profession. Includes chapter Internet exercises. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205271665
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 11/14/1997
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Historical, Political, and Intellectual Contexts for Social Work Activities
Ch. 1 A History of Social Welfare and Social Work 1
Ch. 2 Social Work, Social Science, and Social Problems 38
Ch. 3 The Structure of the Welfare State 64
Pt. 2 How Social Workers Act to Bring about Change
Ch. 4 Choosing a System Level for Change 83
Ch. 5 Helping Individuals to Change 103
Ch. 6 Helping Groups and Families to Change 126
Ch. 7 Helping Organizations to Change 146
Ch. 8 Helping Communities to Change 176
Ch. 9 Helping Societies to Change 197
Pt. 3 Social Service Institutions: The Locations of Social Welfare Activities
Ch. 10 The Structure of Social Service Systems 218
Ch. 11 Service Delivery for Enhancing Criminal Justice 235
Ch. 12 Service Delivery for Promoting Health and Meeting the Needs of Older Adults 262
Ch. 13 Service Delivery for Enhancing Education 296
Ch. 14 Service Delivery for Enhancing the Welfare of Families and Children 320
Ch. 15 Social Work in the Workplace 367
Ch. 16 Service Delivery for Enhancing the Environment and Housing 384
Pt. 4 Professional Responsibilities, Priorities, and Values
Ch. 17 Knowledge Development, Data Collection, and Research 401
Ch. 18 Social Work and the Elimination of Social Exploitation 425
Ch. 19 The Profession of Social Work 444
Bibliography 467
Name Index 487
Subject Index 493
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