Social Work in the 21st Century

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  • Copyright: 1997-02-05
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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This collection of original essays from leaders in the profession comments on the current state of social work in the United States, and how it ought to change, in light of social change in the US and the world as a whole.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Part I The External Environment 1(92)
Demographic Changes and Their Implications The ways in which demographic trends will shape the nature of our society and the problems we will confront in the 21st century.
Martha N. Ozawa
The Future Economic Landscape: Implications for Social Work Practice and Education How "economic globalization" and its consequences will influence the individual and social needs that social workers will address in the decades ahead.
Nancy Rose
The Impact and Implications of Multiculturalism A critique of current approaches to multiculturalism and suggestions for its future.
John F. Longres
Poverty and Postmodernity How poverty will be defined and addressed in a "postmodern world."
Mark J. Stern
Social Work in International Context: Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century How global interdependence will affect the nature of social problems and the forms of social intervention developed to solve them.
James Midgley
Nonprofit Organizations, Social Policy, and Public Welfare The place of the voluntary, nonprofit sector in the context of the new conservatism and the decline of the 20th-century welfare state.
Eleanor L. Brilliant
The Political Context of Social Work An interpretation of some of the major political trends shaping the contemporary environment of policy and practice and their likely consequences in the future.
Michael Reisch
Part II Policy and Practice 93(204)
The Future of Child Welfare A critical analysis of our nation's ailing child welfare system and some suggestions for its overhaul.
Duncan Lindsey
Julia R. Henly
Juvenile Justice: Back to the Future, or Will We Learn from the Past? Will current concerns over rising juvenile crime put the juvenile court out of business, or will the current crisis produce meaningful and constructive reforms?
Ira M. Schwartz
Family Violence: Implications for Social Work Practice An examination of the persistant issue of family violence.
Bonnie L. Yegidis
Social Work and the Workplace A critical analysis of the interplay between social work practice and personal problems that affect the workplace.
Lawrence S. Root
The Financial Gerontology Birthdays of 1995-1996: Social Security at 60 and the "Baby" Boom at 50 How can we both understand and educate maturing individuals and families in the face of increasing uncertainities about the viability of public and private retirement income systems?
Neal E. Cutler
Social Work and Health Care in the 21st Century The realities of the rapidly changing U.S. health-care system and some projections regarding future developements.
Stephen Gorin
Cynthia Moniz
Mental Health Services An evidence-based view of mental health services and related suggestions for altering them.
Tomi Gomory
Lessons from International Social Work: Policies and Practices How the "fourth phase" of internationalism will affect social work practice, research, and education.
Nazneen S. Mayadas
Doreen Elliott
Prospects for Prevention A call for increased attention to preventive services in social work practice.
Steven P. Schinke
Prospects for Community Organization The shape and influence of community organization in the next century.
Stanley Wenocur
Steven Soifer
A Social-Health Model: A Paradigm for Social Work in Health Care A community-based model for social work practice in health care to respond to the uncertain environment of the future.
Jane Isaacs Lowe
Opportunities for Social Workers in the Law? The Jury Is Out How social workers can take advantage of emerging career tracks in the nation's legal system.
Mary Ann Mason
Occupational Social Work Practice An analysis of the multifaceted changes in the world of work and their significance for social work practice.
Beth Lewis
Social Work Practice with Marginalized Populations A discussion of the professional, ethical, and emotional dilemmas confronted by social workers who work on the "front lines" with marginalized populations in an era of increasing needs and shrinking resources.
Nancy Cook Von Bretzel
Multicultural Community Organizing Multicultural community organizing as an alternative vision for social work practice in a rapidly changing society.
Lorraine Gutierrez
School-Community Collaboratives: The Missing Links An analysis of the roles that social workers can play in enhancing collaborative efforts between schools and communities and in developing successful practice models to address the nonacademic needs of youth and their families.
Stephanie Hochman
Recongnizing the Role of Religious Congregations and Denominations in Social Service Provision An argument in favor of broad and full cooperation between social workers and religious groups in order to enhance services.
Ram A. Cnaan
Social Workers as Advocates for Elders How social workers can meet the challenge of a growing elderly population in a culture that continues to cherish youth and avoid reminders of our mortality.
Iris Carlton-LaNey
Part III Theories, Knowledge, and Values and the Social Work Profession 297(112)
Social Work and Philosophy A critical review of current approaches to knowledge in social work.
Tomi Gomory
Integrating Research and Practice The role of practice-relevant research in social work.
Bruce A. Thyer
Alicia Isaac
Rufus Larkin
Social Work Education: Current Concerns and Possible Futures A discussion of current problems in social work education and suggested remedies.
Eileen Gambrill
Social Work and Psychiatry: Toward a Conceptually Based Partnership What will the relationship between social work and psychiatry look like in the next century?
Jerome C. Wakefield
Ethical Issues for Social Work Practice A leading social work ethicist suggests lessons to be learned from the past and discusses their implications for the future of practice.
Frederic G. Reamer
Ethics and Administrative Practice: The Politics of Values and the Value of Politics Ethical considerations in the work of administrators of public and not-for-profit organizations in the contemporary and future political environment.
Burton Gummer
Social Work and Social Responsibility A distinguished historian of social welfare reflects on how present-day confusions about the functions and mission of professional social work may be clarified through an examination of the past.
James Leiby
The End of Social Work An argument that the failure of social work to make the transition to the postindustrial era will lead to its professional decline in the 21st century.
David Stoesz
The Future of the Social Work Profession Some projections of the future of social work in the context of the restructuring of the nation's welfare system, changes in the knowledge base of the profession, and the growth of computer technology.
Paula Allen-Meares
Yosikazu DeRoos
International Social Work at the Millennium The role of social work in shaping the global environment of the 21st century and some hard questions for the profession to ponder about its future.
Rosemary Sarri
The Profession of Social Work: In the Second Century A vision for the future of social work using the society of the 1990s rather than the profession's roots in the 1890s as a guide.
David M. Austin
Index 409

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