About the Author
Michael B. Fabricant is a professor at the Hunter College School of Social Work.
Robert Fisher is director of urban studies and professor of social work at the University of Connecticut.
Table of Contents
|Part 1.||History Matters: Settlements and Not-for-Profit Social Service Financing|
|1.||The Settlement House in Context: From Henry Street to Head Start||15|
|2.||Privatization, Contracting, and Not-for-Profits Since 1975||62|
|Part 2.||Contracting and Corporatized Social Services: Voices from the Field|
|3.||Fiscal Instability: Rewriting the Contract||99|
|5.||The Pressures and Fissures of Social Service Work||136|
|6.||Scarce Resources: Rationing and Narrowing the Content of Social Services||168|
|7.||Navigating the Current Fiscal Turbulence While Struggling to Chart a Social Services Future||198|
|Part 3.||Rethinking the Purposes and Practices of Not-for-Profit Social Services|
|8.||From Corporatized Contracting to Community Building||233|
|Appendix||Methodology of the Qualitative Inquiry||291|
What People are Saying About This
Fabricant and Fisher have given us the gift of an imperative and rewarding study that may help to bolster and galvanize a much needed movement for community and democracy in the twenty-first century.... a splendid antidote to these hard and bitter times.
Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt
In a book that is must reading for policy specialists, urban planners, not-for-profit managers, and community organizers, they eloquently implore not-for-profits to view themselves as agents of community empowerment and social change.
Bruce S. Jansson, University of Southern California
A masterful dissection of a politically and culturally crucial document.
Settlement Houses Under Siege makes important contributions to the literature on the settlement movement and urban reform. Instead of treating the settlement house as an artifact from the Progressive era, they concentrate their research on New York settlement houses in the 1990s. They conclude that, despite often overwhelming obstacles, settlement workers are still trying to build communities in the urban wilderness.
Allen F. Davis, Temple University