Understanding Social Welfare : A Search for Social Justice

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-12-12
  • Publisher: Pearson
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With its focus on political economy and the search for social justice, this engaging and accessible text helps readers better understand our social welfare system. The new edition reflects the most recent changes in the social welfare system, our national society, and our world, including the impact of the Bush administration's policies on social welfare, the proposals of the Democratic and Republican candidates, and the latest trends, data, and discussions.

Table of Contents

Socioeconomic Structure, Human Needs, and Mutual Responsibility  
The Impact of Social and Economic Structures  
Defining Social Welfare and Social Work  
The American Myth of the Hero  
Balancing Individual and Societal Responsibilities 
Human Rights, Social Justice, Social Work, and Social Welfare 
Beliefs about Social Justice  
The Social Minimum: The Standard for Social Justice  
The NASW Standard: Equal Access and Rights  
Toward the Social Minimum  
Views of Social Welfare  
The Authorsrsquo; Perspective 
Questions for Consideration  
Social Values and Social Welfare   
Modern Views of Humanity  
Self-Actualization versus Irritation Response
Economics and Human Motivation  
An Overview of History   
Altruism and Mutual Aid  
Ancient Cultures  
Hebrew and Judaic Societies  
Greece and Rome  
Early Christianity 
Holy Poverty and Expectations of the Wealthy 
Eastern Cultures 
Summary: Evolving Values and Social Welfare  
Questions for Consideration  
Social Values and Social Welfare: England from the Middle Ages Onward   
The Early Middle Ages 
The Middle Middle Ages  
The Late Middle Ages to Elizabethan Poor Laws  
Work and Religion  
The Poor
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