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The Welfare State and Social Work
Pursuing Social Justice



July 2006 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Welfare State and Social Work: The Hesitant Pursuit of Social Justice critically assesses the historical, sociopolitical, and economic factors that have influenced social work policy and practice in the United States. By viewing social welfare and social work in light of principles of social justice, this book offers a fresh perspective of their interplay and how this interaction affects policy practice.

Key Features:

  • Conceptualizes social justice as it operates, or fails to operate, under a specific system-the liberal democracy familiar to citizens of the United States
  • Examines how administrative centralization and political and economic power affect social policies, how these policies are conditioned by the paths embedded in the histories of previous decisions, and how a selective ideology justifies them
  • Offers a critical commentary following the coverage of historical periods
  • Systematically compares outcomes in the United States with those in other liberal democracies that have different welfare regimes, and evaluates proposals for reforming welfare in a global context

 
Introduction
 
PART I. MAKING SENSE OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
 
Ch 1: Justice as a Value in Social Work
A Schizophrenic Profession?  
Rescuing a Profession That Betrayed Its Mission  
Gil on Social Determinism and Constructing a Just Society  
Piven and Cloward on Welfare, Control, and Disruption  
Gilbert on Balanced Reform From Within  
Jordan on Struggling for Justice and Social Work  
Wakefield on Justice as the Organizing Principle of Social Work  
Comparing Concepts of Social Work  
 
Ch 2: Understanding Social Justice in Liberal Democracies
Liberal-Democratic Society and its Contradictions  
Theories of Social Justice for Liberal Democracies  
Freedom Versus Democracy: Priorities in the United States  
 
Ch 3: Evaluating Distributive Justice in the United States
Expanding the Welfare State Concept  
Dimensions of Distributive Justice  
How does the United States Rate on Distributive Justice?  
 
PART II. INTERPRETING WELFARE IN THE UNITED STATES: BEYOND EXCEPTIONALISM
Building an Analytic Framework  
 
Ch 4: The Fragile Roots of Welfare in the United States: From Colony to the Gilded Era
The Legacy of the English Poor Laws and the Shaping of a National Ideology in the Eighteenth Century  
The Nineteenth Century: Seismic Changes and Moral Certainties  
 
Ch 5: The Ambiguous Ancestry of Welfare and Social Work in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
The Progressive Era  
Social Work, 1900-1920  
Social Regression, Disaster, and the Birth of the Welfare State During the Interwar Years  
Social Work in the Twenties and Thirties  
 
Ch 6: From the Aftermath of World War II to the Great Society
Holding Back the New Deal  
Social Work in the Postwar Period  
The Promise of the Great Society  
Social Work in the Sixties  
 
Ch 7: The Weakening of the Welfare State Gains Speed
The Seventies: Expansion and Stagnation  
Social Work in the Seventies  
Reagan and the Precipitous Undoing of Public Assistance  
Social Work in a Regressive Era  
 
Ch 8: The End of the Millennium and the Demise of Entitlement to Public Assistance
A Centrist President in a Conservative Government  
Social Work at the End of the Millennium  
 
PART III. THE LESSER AMERICANS: HISTORICAL LEGACIES
The Story of a Limited Democracy  
 
Ch 9: Women and the Welfare State
The Preindustrial Period  
Economic and Social Restructuring  
The Place of Women in the New Deal  
 
Ch 10: Welfare Through the Color Lens
African Americans  
Mexican Americans  
Native Americans  
Genocide, Manifest Destiny, and Contradictory Federal Policy  
 
PART IV. CONTEMPORARY DIRECTIONS OF THE LIBERAL WELFARE STATE
 
Ch 11: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - I
Positive Outcomes, Concerns, and Questions  
Devolution: Unaccountability, Creativity, and State Budgets Crisis  
Promoting the Work Ethic and Self-Sufficiency  
Toward a Nuclear Family State  
 
Ch 12: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - II
Barriers and Exclusion  
TANF Reauthorization  
 
Ch 13: Social Security and the Push Toward Privatization
The Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003  
Social Insurance Financing and Alternative Proposals  
Further Thoughts About Privatization  
 
PART V. CONTEMPORARY DIRECTIONS OF WELFARE STATES IN DEVELOPED NATIONS
 
Ch 14: Types of Welfare States, Different Outcomes, and Future Needs
Different Logics of Welfare States  
Alternative Institutional Designs  
Comparing Welfare Types  
Historical Synopses  
Achievements of the Welfare Regimes  
 
Ch 15: The Future of Welfare State in Postindustrial Societies
Demographic and Economic Shifts  
The Three Pillars of Welfare  
 
PART VI. LOCATING AND COUNTERACTING SOURCES OF INJUSTICE
 
Ch 16: Framing Policy Practice
Social Work's Commitment to Justice for the Twenty-First Century  
How Do Professional Statements Fit With Social Work Theories of Justice?  
What Do Social Justice Theories Add?  
What Guidelines Can Be Derived From the Historical Analysis?  
Ideology  
Policy Decision Making  
Summary  
 
Ch 17: Policy Practice
Building Influence From the Ground Up  
Influence in Policy Making  
Shaping Policy Implementation  
Judicial Policy Making  
Interdependence Among Types of Policy Practice  
Conclusion  
Key features
  • Critical assessment of the discipline from historical, sociopolitical, and economic perspectives.
  • The theme of social justice.
  • The growing influence of globilization on contemporary social policay and practice.

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