The Newer Deal: Social Work and Religion in Partnership

The Newer Deal: Social Work and Religion in Partnership

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231116244
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/29/1999
Pages: 316
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ram A. Cnaan is an associate professor of social work at the University of Pennsylvania and has published over two hundred articles in social work, psychology, and sociology journals on the topics of religion and social work, administration, and community organization. He is the director of the Program for the Study of Organized Religion and Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work. He has also coedited The Impact of Information Technology on Social Work Practice.

Table of Contents

1. The Challenge of Devolution and the Promise of Religious-Based Social Services: An Introduction
1. The Ambivalent Coexistence of Social Work and Religious-Based Social Services
2. What Do We Mean by ``Religious-Based Social Services''?
3. Religious-Based Social Services in Social Work Literature and Education
4. Reasons for the Rift Between Social Work and Religious-Based Social Services
2. Provision of Religious-Based Social Services: Theological Underpinnings, Historical Trends, and Current Findings
5. Theological Teaching and Emphasis on Helping the Needy
6. Religious Roots of America's Social Services System
7. Religion and the Quality of Life of Individuals
8. Religion and Social Services Provision at the End of the Twentieth Century
9. Empowerment and Organized Religion
10. Religious-Based Social Services Provision: Findings from Local Studies--Greensboro
11. Religious-Based Social Services Provision: Findings from Local Studies--Philadelphia
Part 3. The Challenge Ahead
12. Political and Societal Trends in Social Services Provision
13. Toward a Limited Partnership for a Newer Deal


What People are Saying About This

Reverend - James P. Wind

The Newer Deal is a brave book, arriving just in time for a society searching for new ways to organize its practices of compassion and care. Ram A. Cnaan presents both a provocative analysis of the past century's estrangement of social work from religion and a bold proposal for a new, limited partnership between these two indispensable caring communities that suddenly face a very different America. This book provides surprising resources and sobering reality checks for policy makers, social workers, religious leaders, and all who strive for the common good.

F.M. Loewenberg

This is an important book that will be of interest to anyone who is concerned with the dramatic social policy changes taking place in contemporary America. As the federal government transfers responsibility for the welfare of citizens to the states and to local communities, the role of religious-based agencies has again become increasingly important. Cnaan has made a major contribution in analyzing their role, as well as the ambivalent relationship between the social work profession and the religious community.

F. M. Loewenberg

This is an important book that will be of interest to anyone who is concerned with the dramatic social policy changes taking place in contemporary America. As the federal government transfers responsibility for the welfare of citizens to the states and to local communities, the role of religious-based agencies has again become increasingly important. Cnaan has made a major contribution in analyzing their role, as well as the ambivalent relationship between the social work profession and the religious community.

Rev. James P. Wind

The Newer Deal is a brave book, arriving just in time for a society searching for new ways to organize its practices of compassion and care. Ram A. Cnaan presents both a provocative analysis of the past century's estrangement of social work from religion and a bold proposal for a new, limited partnership between these two indispensable caring communities that suddenly face a very different America. This book provides surprising resources and sobering reality checks for policy makers, social workers, religious leaders, and all who strive for the common good.

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