Human Behavior and the Social Environment Macro Level: Groups, Communities, and Organizations

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2006-11-09
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Each person is a unique individual, yet we all are also defined by groups - those we belong to and those we are excluded from, voluntarily or involuntarily. In the second half of the Human Behavior and the Social Environment sequence, Katherine van Wormer, Fred Besthorn, and Thomas Keefe take a stimulating new approach to exploring this macro view of humanity and demonstrating how each component of society, from the single person to the sprawling organization, is part of a dynamic whole. Their collaboration has produced a remarkable volume that will help students recognize and consider interactions between and among individuals and social systems, and thereby develop into truly effective social workers. *Outlines theoretical concepts and practice implications in each chapter *Highlights the importance of the natural environment and ecology - the "community of the earth" - to human and group behavior *Sets forth a refined understanding of the role of spirituality - the "community of faith" - in people's lives *Focuses on evidence-based theory and research *Teaches from a global, cross-cultural perspective, highlighting themes of empowerment and social justice *Features dynamic readings and personal narratives that highlight each chapter's topic *Accompanied by an online instructor's manual with Power Points for lecture presentations, chapter summaries, key terms, suggested classroom activities, and a test bank with essay and multiple choice questions Also available is a companion volume, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Micro Level, which offers an eye-opening view of how biological, psychological, and cultural forces influence individuals' behavior.

Author Biography

Katherine van Wormer is Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa and is the author or co-author of nine books in the fields of women and criminal justice, addictions treatment, social welfare in global perspective, and confronting oppression. Her web site is www.katherinevanwormer.com.
Fred H. Besthorn is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of many publications and a frequent speaker on the interface of environmentalism and social work. He is also the creator of the Global Alliance for a Deep-Ecological Social Work and Earth-Consciousness: The Journal of Environmental Social Work and Human Services.
Thomas Keefe is Head of the Department of Social Work and Director of the M.S.W. program at the University of Northern Iowa. He served as a psychiatric social worker in the U.S. Air Force and has authored numerous books and articles on peace studies, meditation, and the relationship between socioeconomic forces and the problems addressed by social workers.

Table of Contents

Theoretical Perspectives
The Social Psychology of Group Behavior
The Small Group as a Social System
Families in Society
Culture and Society
Community and Community Development
Human Behavior and the Organizational Environment: The Community of Work
Human Behavior and the Natural Environment: The Community of the Earth
Human Behavior and the Religious/Spiritual Environment: The Community of Faith
Appendix: Relevant Internet Sites 293(2)
Index 295

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