Macro Practice in Social Work for the 21st Century

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-02
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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Inspires students by tracing the careers of macro practitioners from grass roots organizers to agency executives'œThis book provides a holistic vision for macro practice in the early 21st century. It argues very convincingly that effective macro practice requires a strategic vision, grounded in values, that integrates personal and community transformation. Burghardt provides a compass, as well as other tools, that macro practitioners can use to make significant social change. It promises to be a very useful resource for community and organizational practice in a number of fields.' -Lorraine Gutierrez, University of MichiganThis book develops a new paradigm suited to the quickly shifting dynamics of a globalized society, both more reliant on social networking, and yet seeking common connection and community. By focusing on how practitioners can make meaningful, strategic choices regardless of their formal roles and responsibilities, the author breathes new life into key issues ranging from how to respond to both diversity and oppression, the vital use of the internet for organizing and the limits to 'œvirtual trust,' and co-leadership development.Key Features Skill sets for every type of macro practitioner to use immediately in the classroom and the field¡ A continuous open-chapter vignette follows the story of two young organizers as they choose different career options and the practice dilemmas these options create¡ Applicable sections of The University of Kansas's Community Toolbox Web page provided for the reader and instructor¡ Paulo Freire's methodology in Pedagogy of the Oppressed is concretely adapted to macro practice for organizer and agency leader alikeThis text is appropriate for upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level students enrolled in courses such as Macro Practice, Community Organizing, Leadership, and Management/Administration in social work and allied departments.

Author Biography

Steve Burghardt, MSW, PhD, is a Professor of Social Work in the Hunter College School of Social Work at the City University of New York (CUNY) and partner in the Leadership Transformation Group, LLC. He is the author of numerous works on organizational change and strategic development and is an award-winning teacher of community organization. He has worked with thousands of human service and educational staff on new models of leadership, personal well-being, spirituality, collaboration in times of crisis, and how to sustain conversations on race and oppression for lasting change at work and in one's life. Please visit his website at www.askltg.com.

Table of Contents

Case Study: Oh, What a Night: Two Macro Practitioners Reunite in Grand Park, Chicago, Illinois
Macro Practitioners Undertake community Assessments: Improving Community Engagement Through Tactical Self-Awareness
Chuzpah Meets Humility the Struggle to Build Trust in Community Interventions: The Unconscious in Organizing
Framing the Issues Within the Community: the Social Construction of Practice on the Road Towards Personal and Community Transformation
From "Leadership Development" to Critical Reflection-in-Action
"Why Can't We All Just Get Along?" Building Effective Coalitions While Resolving the Not-So-Hidden Realities of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class
From Checkers to Chess: Developing a Grass Roots Organizer Into a Community Strategist
Crossing the Great Divide: From Grass Roots Organizer to Front-Line Supervisor
Too Much Information, So Little Time: Senior Human Service Executives' Strategic Search of Social Justice
Think Local, Act Global: A Case Example of 21st. Century Macro Practice Through the Power of Social Networking
Summing Up, Moving Forward: Key Lessons and New Directions for 21st Century Macro Practice
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