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Social Justice and Social Work

Social Justice and Social Work
Rediscovering a Core Value of the Profession

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March 2013 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This unique and timely book, edited by Michael J. Austin, introduces and connects social justice to the core values of social work across the curriculum. It presents the history and philosophy that supports social justice and ties it to ethical concepts that will help readers understand social justice as a core social work value. The book further conveys the importance of amplifying client voice; explores organization-based advocacy; and describes how an understanding of social justice can inform practice and outlines implications for education and practice.

Michael J. Austin, Christina Branom, Bryn King
1. Searching for the Meaning of Social Justice
Part I: The Humanities Perspectives: The Moral Imperative -- Shouldn’t We Do Something?
Richard J. Smith
2. The Influence of Western Philosophy on Definitions of Social Justice
Jennifer Price Wolf
3. Legal Theories of Social Justice
Charity Samantha Fitzgerald
4. Literary Theories and Social Justice
Sarah Accomazzo
5. Historical Perspectives on Social Justice
Sarah Accomazzo, Megan Moore, Siroj Sirojudin
6. Social Justice and Religion
Bryn King, Michael J. Austin
7. Social Justice From a Humanities Perspective: A Synthesis to Inform Practice
Part II: The Social Science Perspectives: Social Empathy -- What Do We Need to Understand?
Christina Branom
8. Social Psychological Perspectives on Morality and Social Justice
Leah A. Jacobs
9. Social Justice and Anthropology: From Observation to Activism
Christina Branom
10. Perspectives of Social Justice in Sociology
Kelly Whitaker
11. Social Justice and the Politics of Children’s Rights
Wendy Wiegmann
12. Social Justice in Political Thought: Examining the Rights of Parents
Anupama Jacob
13. Economic Theories of Social Justice
Hyun Soo Kwon
14. Theories of Organizational Justice: Interdisciplinary Social Science Perspectives
Jasmin Serim
15. Interdisciplinary Social Science Perspectives: Key Concepts to Inform Practice
Rhonda Y. Williams
16. Social Justice for Active Citizenship
Part III: Social Injustice Outside and Inside Human Service Organizations
Outside Human Service Organizations

Mary E. A. Caplan
17. Predatory Lending
Katherine E. Ray
18. The Injustices of Intimate Partner Violence
Jenny Ventura
19. Social Injustices Experienced by Children of Incarcerated Parents
Elizabeth White
20. The Social Injustices Experienced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community
Inside Human Service Organizations

Wendy Wiegmann
21. Procedural Injustices in Child Welfare
Amanda Lehning
22. Elder Mistreatment: A Social Justice Perspective
Juliene Schrick
23. Social Justice and the Injustices Experienced by People with Mental Health Disabilities
Part IV: Embedding Social Justice in Social Work Practice
Jasmin Serim
24. Client Voice and Expertise in Promoting Social Justice
Kelly LeRoux
25. Social Justice and the Role of Nonprofit Human Service Organizations in Amplifying Client Voice
Beth Glover Reed, Amanda Lehning
26. Educating Social Work Students About Social Justice Practice
Jaclyn Grant, Michael J. Austin
27. Incorporating Social Justice Principles Into Social Work Practice
Brian Cahill with the assistance of Michael J. Austin
28. Finding the Courage of One’s Convictions: Reflections on a Lifetime of Social Work Practice

This book will assist not only with my policy analysis course but also with my intro. to social work courses.

Dr Sarah Pilgrim
College Of Social Work, University of South Carolina
April 8, 2013
Key features


  • Comprehensive coverage of social justice incorporates perspectives from diverse disciplines, including the humanities, social and political sciences, and religion and faith, to a broad understanding of how social justice informs practice.
  • A balance of theory and practice helps readers understand both the "why" and "how" of integrating social welfare into social work practice.
  • Real-world case examples of injustice and oppression help readers see how integral social justice is to social work practice in key areas such as predatory lending, children of incarcerated parents, and service recipients in the fields of child welfare, mental health, and aging.
  • Insightful discussion of the complexities of social justice demonstrates how social justice affects various groups.
  • Specially designed summary chapters integrate concepts from the humanities and social sciences.
  • A social justice checklist is provided for use in the intake phase of service delivery.

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