Understanding community

Politics, policy and practice

Author: Peter Somerville

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447328078

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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This substantially revised edition of a highly topical text draws upon theory from Marx and Bourdieu to offer a clearer understanding of community in capitalist society. The book takes a more critical look at the literature on community, community development and the politics of community, and applies this critical approach to themes introduced in the first edition on economic development, learning, health and social care, housing, and policing, taking into account the changes in policy that have taken place, particularly in the UK, since the first edition was written. It will be a valuable resource for researchers and students of social policy, sociology and politics as well as areas of housing and urban studies.

Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy

Author: Ruth Lister

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1861347936

Category: Political Science

Page: 311

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"This is an admirably clear and comprehensive account of the theories and concepts of contemporary social policy. Excellent and essential for undergraduate and postgraduate social policy and social theory courses."-Fiona Williams, Professor of Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK "Theory has rarely been so interesting, lively, engaging and real. Ruth Lister has produced a text of great scholarship and a tour de force."-Saul Becker, Professor of Social Policy and Social Care, University of Nottingham, UK This key text from the best-selling Understanding Welfare series provides a unique understanding of the main theoretical perspectives and concepts used in social policy and related disciplines in a student-friendly format. A central theme is that theory helps us to understand policy, politics and practice. Written by a leading authority in UK social policy, the book uses diverse contemporary examples to help theoretical arguments come alive and uses summaries and additional resources to help students and their teachers in their learning. Rather than presenting abstract theory, it demonstrates the relationship between theory and political and policy debates so that students can see the relevance to their own lives. It will be essential reading for second- and third-year undergraduates and postgraduates in social policy, social theory and related subjects, as well as their teachers.

Social Policy Review 14

Developments and debates: 2001-2002

Author: Sykes, Robert,Bochel, Catherine

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847425526

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

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Social Policy Review 14 continues the tradition of providing a different style and approach to policy issues from that found in most academic journals and books. Chapters have been purposely chosen to review a varied and interesting selection of social policy developments in Britain and internationally, and to set current policy developments in a broader context of key trends and debates.

Understanding the policy process (Second edition)

Analysing welfare policy and practice

Author: Hudson, John,Lowe, Stuart

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447320018

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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This book draws on the latest and best social science to explain how and why social policy change occurs. Focusing on the policy making process as the key to change, it uses core concepts of policy analysis, one in each chapter, to build up a fully worked explanation of social policy change and to equip readers with knowledge that can be applied to any aspect of welfare policy and public and social policy more generally. This second edition of the book updates the bestselling first edition for the post-Blair era with international case studies from numerous countries. Understanding the policy process: · introduces the main themes of the policy analysis literature; · demonstrates the centrality of the policy making process to an understanding of the operational possibilities and limits of social policy; · takes account of macro-, meso- and micro-level approaches to social policy analysis; · uses clear explanations of key concepts, up-to-date illustrative case studies and examples to increase students' understanding of the theory and practice of policy analysis; · uses a comparative approach.

Understanding Housing Policy

Author: Brian Lund

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 184742631X

Category: Political Science

Page: 335

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Understanding housing policy is an up-to-date text on a rapidly changing policy field written by an author with extensive experience in implementing housing policy.

Understanding Health and Social Care (third Edition)

Author: Jon Glasby

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447331214

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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This engaging and accessible text, now in its third edition, provides a comprehensive introduction to health and social care. This new edition has been updated to cover recent developments, including the integrated care agenda, potential regional devolution and austerity.

Understanding 'race' and Ethnicity

Theory, History, Policy, Practice

Author: Gary Craig,Karl Atkin

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847427707

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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This much-needed textbook combines historical and theoretical approaches to the issue of 'race' and ethnicity within welfare provision, including an examination of how minorities experience welfare in a range of service settings

Understanding social welfare movements

Author: Jason Annetts,Alex Law

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447319818

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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Contemporary social policy has never been more vigorously contested. Issues range from single-issue campaigns over housing, social care, hospital closures through to organised movements around disability, environment, health and education. However, the historical and contemporary role played by social movements in shaping social welfare has too often been neglected in standard social policy texts. Understanding social welfare movements is the first text to bring together social policy and social movement studies. Using actual case studies and written in an accessible and engaging style, it will attract a wide readership of undergraduate and postgraduate students, higher education teachers and researchers, stakeholders and activists. Introductory chapters examine the historical and theoretical relationship between state welfare and social movements. Subsequent chapters outline the historical contribution of various social movements to the creation of the welfare state relating to Beveridge's 'five giants' of idleness, ignorance, squalor, illness and want. The book then examines the contemporary challenge posed by 'new social movements' in relation to the family, discrimination, environment, and global social justice. The book provides a timely and much needed overview of the changing nature of social welfare as it has been shaped by the demands of social movements.

Understanding the Mixed Economy of Welfare

Author: Powell, Martin

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1861347596

Category: Political Science

Page: 249

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Although state provision may have dominated in Britain since 1945, there is a movement towards welfare pluralism - a mixed economy of welfare - involving private, voluntary and informal sectors. This book sheds light on this area of social policy. It shows how the mixed economy of welfare links with important conceptual and policy debates.

Organizing and Advocacy

Reflective Practice in a Globalizing World

Author: Loretta Pyles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135906238

Category: Psychology

Page: 232

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This interdisciplinary textbook offers a comprehensive view of the central issues facing progressive community organizers who seek to mobilize those negatively impacted by local, national, and global social policies and practices. Intended for both undergraduate and graduate students in social work, it aims to articulate the depth of the subject by introducing students to the philosophical, political, and sociological theories that inform community organizing and advocacy. These topics are explored in detail through such examples as the labour movement, environmental organizing, feminist movements, and faith-based movements as a way to inform social work community practice. The author emphasizes the importance of a thorough understanding of why and how people get together to effect change in their own communities. Ongoing debates and controversies that face organizers and advocates in the social work profession are also considered. Each chapter includes relevant discussion questions for reflection, as well as a list of useful books and websites for further inquiry. Also included are numerous case studies from community efforts in Post-Katrina New Orleans, many of which the author has been involved in herself, providing a recent and widely recognized series of real world examples that will be easily accessible for students and professors around the world.

Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Social Work and Social Welfare: An Introduction

Author: Rosalie Ambrosino,Joseph Heffernan,Guy Shuttlesworth,Robert Ambrosino

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1111304769

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

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Reflecting the latest practices, accreditation requirements, and developments from the field, bestselling SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE: AN INTRODUCTION, 7e gives readers a broad understanding about the social work profession and the role it plays in the social welfare system. Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, the Seventh Edition is completely up to date and thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). With its signature systems/ecological approach in understanding social welfare, the book focuses on specific social welfare areas in which social workers play major roles in policy and practice. It adopts the philosophy that there are many reasons why social problems occur, and students need to understand the history, values, factors (economic, political, and cultural) that surround these issues and the attempts to solve or address them. Instead of presenting a specific political perspective, the authors encourage readers to think critically about issues in a new way. Each chapter opens with a vignette about a social worker in a specific setting and closes with a discussion about the career opportunities for social workers in the area discussed. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Understanding Equal Opportunities and Diversity

The Social Differentiations and Intersections of Inequality

Author: Barbara Bagilhole

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781861348487

Category: Social Science

Page: 253

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This book challenges the official discourse that shapes the debates on Equal Opportunities and Diversity (EO&D) at national, regional and European level and will be a key text for students and researchers of EO&D in many fields.

Understanding Family Support

Policy, Practice and Theory

Author: John Pinkerton,Pat Dolan,John Canavan

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857002589

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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Understanding Family Support provides a definition of family support and a clear perspective on the role that it has in promoting the welfare of children and their families. Family support is a concept that has been used in a range of ways to describe various aspects of child welfare policy and practice. The authors argue that this weakens family support as an overarching child welfare paradigm. They present a unifying definition of family support along with ten principles and a series of reflective practice questions applicable to: legislation and policy; organisation, management and planning; direct work with children and families; and research and evaluation. This is an important resource for any professional engaged in policy development, service design, delivering or evaluation of family support, including social workers, residential care staff, community development workers, teachers, community police, human services managers, evaluators and policy makers.

Dimensions of Social Welfare Policy

Author: Neil Gilbert,Paul Terrell

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780205096893

Category: Political Science

Page: 292

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This book provides a comprehensive and widely-used framework for analyzing social welfare policies. The text encourages readers to develop their own thoughts on social welfare policy and to explore policy alternatives. Theoretical points are illustrated with examples from a cross-section of program areas including income maintenance, child welfare, model cities, day care, community action, and mental health. The text familiarizes students with the content of major social welfare programs such as TANF, OASDHI, SSI, and Title XX.

Canadian Social Policy

Issues and Perspectives

Author: Anne Westhues

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 0889205043

Category: Social Science

Page: 478

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The objective of this new edition is the same as that of previous editions: to help students understand social policy from a Canadian perspective, and to stir them to discussion and debate. Part One provides a general overview of social policy and Part Two discusses the policy-making processes, from the international factors that influence them to the ways in which a social worker can become part of this process. Part Three focuses on current social policy issues, and Part Four offers a look to the future. Each chapter of this best-selling book has been thoroughly updated for this new edition with regard to current policy, debated issues, and resources cited. Three new chapters have been added, including an overview of adult mental health policy and a critical look at risk assessment in child welfare. There is also a discussion of current challenges to the Charter of Rights and Canadians increasing use of the justice system to shape social policy. As a result, the reader gains an informed perspective of policy development and evaluation. Although designed primarily for use by social workers, the book will benefit anyone who is involved in the policy-making process.

Policy Into Action

Implementation Research and Welfare Reform

Author: Mary Clare Lennon,Tom Corbett

Publisher: The Urban Insitute

ISBN: 9780877667148

Category: Social Science

Page: 332

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The sweeping changes of 1996's welfare reform legislation are more than just new policies. They represent a profound transformation of the character and structure of social policy institutions in the United States, a shift from a bureaucratic, centralized mode for income transfer, to a "professional," mode aimed at complex behavioral change. The evaluation community has responded with a shift from traditional impact analyses to implementation studies that get inside the skin of this new, more flexible structure. Implementation research explores the translation of concepts into working policies and programs, evaluates how well the administrative and management dimensions of these policies work, and how the programs are experienced by all involved. Policy into Action offers state of the art thinking on implementation research from leading policy researchers and evaluation practitioners. It is a valuable collection for anyone involved in policy research or evaluation in the new environment.

The Reluctant Welfare State

American Social Welfare Policies--past, Present, and Future

Author: Bruce S. Jansson

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534365516

Category: Public welfare

Page: 475

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Much more than a historical look at America's social welfare system, this acclaimed book offers insights into our ambivalent social welfare policy and its impact on specific out-groups--African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, women, and others--that are often overlooked in other texts. In addition to comprehensive coverage of the historical development of the welfare system, author Bruce S. Jansson also analyzes its limits, strengths, and policies...how its evolution and structure compare with systems in other countries...and the effects of policy changes on the future of the social work profession. As they explore Jannson's highly respected text, your students will see how understanding historical events can be powerfully relevant to the study of current social welfare policy and the profession of social work. The book analyzes the evolution of the American welfare state from colonial times to present and places social policy in its political, cultural, and societal context. Using social policy as a catalyst, Jansson invites students to think critically about issues, developments, and policies in prior eras and in contemporary society. He encourages students to become social reformers and to develop their own policy identities.

Making Social Policy in Australia

An Introduction

Author: Tony Dalton,Mary Draper,Wendy Weeks

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781864480238

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

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A comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of social policy.

Social Work and Social Welfare

An Invitation

Author: Marla Berg-Weger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136314342

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation is a nationally recognized, best-selling text and unique website for US Introductory Social Work and Social Welfare courses. It provides students with the knowledge, skills, and values that are essential for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and public policy in a variety of practice settings. This new third edition is an up-to-date profile of the world in which today’s social workers practice, with current demographic, statistical, legislative, policy, and research information; sensitive discussions of contemporary ethical issues; and new first-person narratives from social workers in a variety of fields. The call to become engaged in some of society’s most challenging issues is clearer than in previous editions.