Human Behavior in the Social Environment: A Social Systems Approach / Edition 6

Human Behavior in the Social Environment: A Social Systems Approach / Edition 6

by Irl Carter
ISBN-10:
0202364003
ISBN-13:
9780202364001
Pub. Date:
04/30/2011
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis

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Overview

Human Behavior in the Social Environment: A Social Systems Approach / Edition 6

Since the publication of the first edition of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, several generations of students have successfully used this classic text, which takes a social systems approach to human behavior. This systems approach is still widely accepted in the human services disciplines, including social work, education, nursing, psychology, and in human services programs themselves. Its ideas have become the organizing framework for curriculum, as well as fruitful sources for new applications of theory and practice. Among the advantages of the social systems approach is that it permits students and practitioners to see connections between fields of practice, between methods, and across professional disciplines and bodies of theory.

The book serves as a template of the concentric circles of human behavior, with chapters on fields of behavior, beginning with the person and ranging outward to culture and drawn society. Abundant examples from practice and from behavioral patterns are drawn from the social sciences, topical events, literature, and the authors' personal and professional experiences. This volume responds to the needs of students and instructors as these have developed since the publication of the previous edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780202364001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/30/2011
Series: Modern Applications of Social Work Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 307,147
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Irl Carter is associate professor emeritus at the School of Social Work, University of Minnesota and served as acting director of the Center for Youth Development in Minneapolis, St. Paul.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction to the Sixth Edition xiii

Introduction xv

1 Social Systems Theory 1

Introduction: Providing Meaning to Theory

I Essence and Ancestry: The Atomistic/Holistic Continuum

II Energy/Information: The Necessary Element

III The Four Basic Energy Functions

IV Organization: The Sufficient Element

V Causation, Feedback Loops, and Chaos Theory

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Literary Sources

Films and Videos

2 Aspects of Social Systems 23

Introduction: Energy?Evolutionary, Structural, and Behavioral

I Evolution of Social Systems: The Interplay of Change and Maintenance

II Structural Characteristics

III Behavioral Aspects of Social Systems

IV Addendum: Philosophy, Practice, and Praxis

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Literary Sources

Film, Video, and Play

3 Culture and Society 57

Introduction

I Species and Culture: Unique Aspects of the Human Species

II Analytic Dimensions of Culture: Qualities of a Society

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Literary Sources

Films and Videos

4 Communities 87

Introduction

I Community as System

II Definition of Community

III The Community in Critical Condition

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Literary Sources

Films and Videos

5 Organizations 115

Introduction

I Theories of Organization

II The Systems Model of Organizations

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Literary Sources

Films and Videos

6 Groups 149

Introduction

I Types of Groups

II Dimensions of Groups

III Aspects of Group as System

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Literary Sources

Films and Videos

7 Families 173

Introduction

I Approaches to Family Analysis

II A Social Systems View of Families

Summary

Suggested Readings

Literary Sources

Films and Videos

8 The Person 205

I Theoretical Approaches

II The Critical Phases of the Life Cycle

Conclusion

Suggested Readings

Literary Sources

Films and Videos

Appendices 271

A Paolo Freire

B Edith Stein

Bibliography 273

Glossary 285

Name Index 295

Subject Index 299

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