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December 2019 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Social Welfare Policy in a Changing World is an approachable and student-friendly text that links policy and practice and employs a critical analytic lens to U.S. social welfare policy. With particular attention to disparities based on class, race/ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation and gender, authors Shannon R. Lane, Elizabeth Palley, and Corey Shdaimah assess the impact of policies at the micro, meso, and macro levels. The authors provide students with a brief foundation in history, the policy process, and theory, while primarily focusing on helping students recognize the many ways that policy affects their lives and the lives of their clients and communities. Connecting description, theoretical analysis, and advocacy, this new text challenges readers to examine the development, consequences, and future implications of core policies. Students will come away with a newfound understanding of how to use the political process to address social justice issues and enact meaningful policy change.

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Chapter 1: Social Work: A Value-Based Profession in Historical Context
Policy Practice and Me: A Social Work Perspective

 
A Brief History of US Social Welfare Policy

 
Current Context

 
 
Chapter 2: How Policy is Created and Influenced
The Policy Process

 
Intervention Methods: How to Engage With the Policy Process

 
 
Chapter 3: Practical Theories for Understanding and Analyzing Policy
Background on Vaccines

 
Policy Analysis Theories

 
Interest Group Politics

 
Using Frameworks for Analysis

 
Application of Theories

 
 
Chapter 4: Family Policy
History and Social construction of U.S. Family Policy

 
Current Family Policy

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 5: Child Welfare Policy
History and Social Construction of U.S. Child Welfare Policy

 
The Modern Child Welfare System

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 6: Early Childhood Education and Care Policy
History and Social Construction of US Early Childhood Education and Care

 
Current Child Care and Early Education Policies

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 7: Education Policy, Kindergarten Through High School
History and Social Construction of U.S. Education

 
Current Education Policy

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 8: Higher Education Policy
History and Social Construction of U.S. Higher Education

 
Current Higher Education Policies

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 9: Work and Employment Policy
History and Social Construction of U.S. Work and Employment

 
Current Work and Employment Policies

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 10: Policy for Older Adults
History and Social Construction of US Policy for Older Adults

 
Current Policies for Older Adults

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 11: Health Policy
History and Social Construction of U.S. Health Care

 
Current Health Policy

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses and Implications

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 12: Disability Policy
History and Social Construction of U.S. Disability Policy

 
Social Security Act and Disability Rights Movements Begin

 
Current Disability Policies

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 13: Criminal Justice
History and Social Construction of U.S. Criminal Justice Policy

 
Current Criminal Justice Policies

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 14: Housing and Homelessness Policy
History and Social Construction of U.S. Homelessness

 
History and Social Construction of U.S. Housing

 
Current Housing and Homelessness Policy

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses and Implications

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 15: Immigration Policy
History and Social Construction of U.S. Immigration Policy

 
Current Immigration Policies

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 
 
Chapter 16: Environmental Policy
The History and Social Construction of U.S. Environmental Policy

 
Current Environmental Policies

 
Policy Informed by Alternative Lenses

 
Opportunities for Advocacy

 

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I want to use Social Welfare Policy in a Changing World in my social policy courses as soon as possible! The authors do not artificially compartmentalize issues, such as housing instability, that are in practice deeply intertwined with issues like poverty, child welfare, and addiction. At the same time, they do not leave the reader in a sea of facts and figures. Instead, they offer vignettes and activities that demonstrate practical ways students can use their knowledge to affect change.”

Linda Houser
Widener University

“The vignettes that start each chapter make the topics come alive. I also liked that each chapter ended with advocacy opportunities. This text connects practice with policy very effectively.”

Vicki Lens, JD; Ph.D.
Hunter College, CUNY
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • Vignettes in each chapter allow instructors and students to see how policies might play out in situated social work practice.
  • Exercises for reflection, discussion, and action guide students through the application of key concepts and challenge them to take action, connecting the ideas in the book to their practice.
  • Thorough descriptions of U.S. policy context with examples provide foundational information for students who may feel intimidated by the material with comprehensive information to satisfy more experienced students.
  • A solid historical foundation for each substantive area helps students understand the context for current policies and how we arrived at them.
  • An intentional focus on race, gender, class, and sexual orientation throughout all chapters show the embedded and ubiquitous nature and consequences of discrimination, disparities, and oppression in many facets of social welfare policy.
  • While most texts focus on either theoretical analysis or description, a key innovation of this new text is combining the two.

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