The Welfare State and Social Work: Pursuing Social Justice

SAGE, 2007 - 439 páginas
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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." -- Publisher description.

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Making Sense of Social Justice
Understanding Social Justice in Liberal Democracies
Evaluating Distributive Justice in the United States
Suggestions for Exercises
Beyond Exceptionalism
The Ambiguous Ancestry of Welfare and Social
From the Aftermath of World War II to the Great Society
The Weakening of the Welfare State Gains Speed
Suggestions for Exercises
Temporary Assistance for Needy FamiliesII
Social Insurance and the Push Toward Privatization
Suggestions for Exercises
The Future of Welfare in Postindustrial Societies
Suggestions for Exercises
Policy Practice
Suggestions for Exercises

The End of the Millennium and the Demise
Suggestions for Exercises
Women and the Welfare State
Welfare Through the Color Lens
About the Author 439
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Josefina Figueira-McDonough, Ph.D., is professor emerita of Social Work and of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. Trained in social work and sociology at the University of Michigan, she has taught in both fields at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Vanderbilt University. She has lectured and/or conducted research in Puerto Rico, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Ireland. Her work on social justice has focused on deviance and control, the ecology of poverty, policy outcomes, community analysis and curricula. This research has been supported by federal, state, and private grants and disseminated in social science as well as in social work journals. She is presently on the board of two international and interdisciplinary journals, Social Intervention and Social Compass, and is a member of the book committee of the National Association of Social Workers. Her most recent books include Community Analysis and Praxis: Toward a Grounded Civil Society (Brunner-Routledge, 2001), Serviço Social: Profissão e Identidade, with A. Negreiros, A. Martins and B. Henriques (Veras Editora, 2000), and Women at the Margins: Neglect, Punishment and Resistance, edited with Rosemary Sarri (Howard Press, 2002).

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