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Social Work, Social Welfare, and American Society

Seventh Edition

Philip R. Popple (University of Texas, Arlington)

Leslie Leighninger (Arizona State University)

Basic Approach:

Social Work, Social Welfare, and American Society provides students with a political perspective on social welfare–with definitions of liberal, conservative and radical positions–in order to help them better appreciate the political context of social welfare programs.

Thoroughly updated, the Seventh Edition continues to examine the values, ethics and knowledge needed by social workers; and explores their current roles in social welfare programs.

Highlights of the New Edition:

  • NEW! Full-Color design helps highlight the numerous & updated charts, figures, photographs and boxed material throughout the text.
  • Revised Chapter 4 demonstrates generalist practice methods and approaches, as well as ethical dilemmas students might face in practice.
  • Revised Chapter 5 provides students with a broad view of how diversity issues affect the population, their clients and their profession.
  • NEW! coverage of the following areas: Hispanic immigration to the U.S., diversity, the profession of social work, social work and politics, poverty, child welfare, mental health, health care, social work and religion, housing/homelessness/community development, aging, crime, criminal justice, and more!
  • NEW! Half of the opening case vignettes have been replaced.

What the reviewers are saying…

“Top strengths include the overall approach, the chapters on religion and developing your own perspective, and the “What Americans Believe” sections. I will consider using Social Work, Social Welfare and American Society for my course for its strengths.”

----Kristi O’Dell, University of Mississippi

“The thing I like most about this text is the infusion of political perspectives throughout. I believe this approach helps our students understand the strong connection between people’s lives, social services and the political environment. Many have never stopped to question their own affiliations or associated platforms. I also think the text covers most issues thoroughly and with care.”

-------Laura Lowe, Texas Tech University


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Editorial Reviews

Explains concepts of social welfare within a political context. After definitions of the terms conservative, liberal, and radical, chapters cover social welfare and the social work profession, diversity and discrimination within the social welfare system, religion and social work, poverty, and major areas of social welfare. Learning features include definitions, web sites, and boxes on case histories, cultural diversity, and institutions, plus b&w photos. This fourth edition contains new material on welfare reform and immigration. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205520961
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/21/2007
  • Series: MyHelpingKit Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Competing Perspectives on Social Welfare 1
Ch. 2 Social Welfare: Basic Concepts 25
Ch. 3 Social Work As a Profession 58
Ch. 4 Generalist Social Work Practice 104
Ch. 5 Responses to Human Diversity 132
Ch. 6 Religion and Social Work 177
Ch. 7 Poverty: The Central Concept 212
Ch. 8 The Nature and Causes of Poverty 245
Ch. 9 The Development of Antipoverty Programs 282
Ch. 10 Child Welfare 315
Ch. 11 Crime and Criminal Justice 362
Ch. 12 Health Care 410
Ch. 13 Mental Health and Developmental Disability 455
Ch. 14 Housing, Homelessness, and Community Development 512
Ch. 15 Aging 56ä
Ch. 16 Developing Your Own Perspective on Social Welfare 611
Name Index 614
Subject Index 619
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