More urgent than ever, David G. Gil's guiding text gives social workers the knowledge and confidence they need to change unjust realities. Clarifying the meaning, sources, and dynamics of injustice, exploitation, and oppression and certifying the place of the social worker in combating these conditions, Gil promotes social-change strategies rooted in the nonviolent philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.. He shares suggestions for transition policies intended to alleviate poverty, unemployment, and discrimination and examines modes of radical social work practice compatible with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and President Roosevelt's proposed "Economic Bill of Rights." For this updated edition, Gil considers the factors driving two crucial developments since his volume's initial publication: the Middle East's Arab Spring and the U.S. Occupy Wall Street movement.
About the Author
David G. Gil is professor emeritus of social policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, and the author of Violence Against Children: Physical Child Abuse in the United States and Unraveling Social Policy: Theory, Analysis, and Political Action Towards Social Equality.
Table of Contents
ContentsAcknowledgmentsPreface to the 2013 ReissueIntroduction: The Relevance of Injustice and Oppression for Social Work and Social PolicyPart One: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives1. Injustice and Oppression: Meaning, Links, and Alternatives2. Injustice and Oppression: Origins, Evolution, Dynamics, and Consequences3. Social Change Strategies to Overcome Injustice and Oppression4. Dilemmas and Vicissitudes of Social WorkPart Two: Implications for Policy, Practice, and Organizing5. Transition Policies Beyond Poverty, Unemployment, and Discrimination6. Social-Change-Oriented "Radical" PracticeEpilogueAppendix A. Franklin D. Roosevelt's Economic Bill of RightsAppendix B. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human RightsAppendix C. Framework for Analysis and Development of Social PoliciesWorks CitedIndex