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Social Policy and Social Change
Toward the Creation of Social and Economic Justice

Second Edition


© 2015 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Second Edition of Social Policy and Social Change is a timely examination of the field, unique in its inclusion of both a historical analysis of problems and policy and an exploration of how capitalism and the market economy have contributed to them. The New Edition of this seminal text examines issues of discrimination, health care, housing, income, and child welfare and considers the policies that strive to improve them. With a focus on how domestic social policies can be transformed to promote social justice for all groups, Jimenez et al. consider the impact of globalization in the United States while addressing developing concerns now emerging in the global village.
 
Chapter 1: Introduction
Social Construction of Social Problems and Social Policies  
A Theory of Social Problems and Social Policies  
Organization of the Book  
Social Workers and Social Policy Change  
Social Justice  
Constituencies for Social Change  
 
Chapter 2: The Nature of Social Policy
The Identification of Social Problems  
Social Policies in the United States  
Social Welfare Policies  
Political Philosophies in the United States  
Policy Analysis as a Tool for Social Justice  
Overview of Social Welfare Policies in the United States  
 
Chapter 3: The Social Work Profession and Social Justice
Intellectual Antecedents of Social Work  
The Origins of the Social Work Profession  
Charity Organization Societies  
Settlement House Movement  
Accomplishments of Early Social Workers  
Social Work and the End of Reform  
Social Work and the New Deal  
The Rank and File Movement  
Social Work in the Post-World War II Era  
Social Work and the War on Poverty  
Social Work in the 1980s and 1990s  
Social Work in the New Millennium  
 
Chapter 4: Historical Values Influencing Social Problems and Social Policies
Values, Beliefs, and Ideologies  
 
Chapter 5: The Market Economy and Social Justice
Tasks of the Economic System  
Market Capitalism and Adam Smith  
Supply, Demand, and the Price System  
The Labor Market  
Dual Labor Market  
Poverty and Inequality  
Taxes and Inequality  
Tax Expenditures  
Public Benefit, Private Profit  
Social Costs and Externalities  
Social Policies Designed to Ameliorate Social Costs of the Market Economy  
 
Chapter 6: Oppression and Social Justice in the United States
Race and Racism  
The Racial Contract  
Aversive Racism  
Whiteness  
Essentialism  
Native Americans  
African Americans  
Latinos  
Asian Americans  
Poverty and Discrimination  
Gender Discrimination  
LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons  
Persons Considered Disabled  
Social Movements Among Ethnic Groups and Women  
 
Chapter 7: Income Support Policies and Social Justice
English Legacy: The Elizabethan Poor Laws  
Aid to Women and Dependent Children  
Mothers’ Pensions and ADC  
Social Security and ADC: The First Welfare System  
ADC/AFDC  
Attitudes Toward Women on Welfare  
Ending Welfare as We Knew It: The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act  
Missed Opportunities of TANF  
Social Security  
Veterans’ Pensions, Survivors’ Benefits, and Disability Insurance  
The Future of Social Security  
Comparison of Social Security and TANF  
 
Chapter 8: Housing and Social Justice
The Face of Homelessness  
History of Homelessness in the United States  
The Problem of Affordable Housing  
Recommendations for New Housing Policies  
 
Chapter 9: Child Welfare: Issues of Social and Economic Justice
Child Protection Interventions in the 19th and 20th Centuries  
Early Child Welfare: Private Efforts  
Early Child Welfare: Public Endeavors  
Children of Color in the Child Welfare System  
Major Federal Child Welfare Policies  
Race/Ethnicity, Economics, and Child Maltreatment  
Kinship Care  
Family Foster Care  
 
Chapter 10: Health, Mental Health, and Social Justice
Health and Mental Health Care: Supply and Demand  
History of Beliefs and Values Regarding Health Care  
Health Disparities Between Ethnic Groups: The Impact of Discrimination  
Health Care in the United States: Public-Private Mix  
Mental Health Policies and Mental Illness: The Economic and Social Justice Issues of Risk and Response  
Implications for Social Work  
 
Chapter 11: Social Justice in the 21st Century
Economic Impacts of Globalization  
Human Rights and Globalization  
Post 9/11 and the Rise of Progressivism  

Supplements

Instructor Teaching Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Web exercises direct both instructors and students to useful and current web sites, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics. 
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide your interpretation.
  • Web exercises direct you to useful and current web resources, along with creative activities to extend and reinforce learning or allow for further research on important chapter topics. 

I love the emphasis on social workers from non-dominant groups. I found the book to be lacking in areas around disability policy and the Olmstead Supreme Court decision.

I will use the book as supplemental and reference.

Ms Beckie Child
Grad School Of Social Work, Portland State University
January 16, 2015

I used the previous edition for my Social Welfare Policy class. The book is very comprehensive and thorough.

Dr Mustapha Alhassan
School Of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
January 14, 2015

authors did not make distinction between "race" and "ethnicity"

Ms Norma Timbang
School Of Social Work, Univ Of Washington-Seattle
December 2, 2014

Next Semester Spring 2015

Dr Sylvester Lamin
Social Work Dept, St Cloud State University
August 25, 2014
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Fully updated and expanded to address the most recent issues and perspectives in the field
  • Includes the most current statistics available to keep readers on the cutting edge
  • Discusses social workers as agents of social change and advocates for social and economic justice
  • Provides perspective on how ideology and discrimination influence the social policies that impact income insecurity, poverty, homelessness, health and mental health care insufficiency, and child welfare system inadequacies
  • Reframes the interrelationship between primary and secondary labor markets, outsourcing, immigration, and globalization

Proven Features:

  • Focuses on how capitalism and the ideology and inequality of the market economy contribute to social problems and influence social policies
  • Presents a policy analysis framework that examines the meaning of social policy and how social issues grow in perceived importance and lead to the creation of new policies
  • Emphasizes the importance of social work practitioners following their professional Code of Ethics, in particular the principles relating to social justice
  • Examines the legacy of discrimination in the United States and how it has limited the resources and rights of children, women, ethnic and sexual minorities, and individuals who are differently abled
  • Examines the impact of immigration, outsourcing, and globalization in the United States and in the Global South
  • Considers the meaning and impact of the elections of Barack Obama as president of the United States
  • Includes vignettes of  diverse leaders who have challenged oppression and demonstrated moral courage as advocates for social change
  • Student-friendly question-and-answer format promotes critical thinking; tables, figures, and pictures illustrate key concepts

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 11


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