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The Road Not Taken: A History of Radical Social Work in the United States Paperback – February 3, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0415933995 ISBN-10: 0415933994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (February 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415933994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415933995
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this detailed and thoroughly researched book, Reisch and Andrews trace the history of social work from the perspective of social workers who were (and still are) committed to a radical approach...this book should be essential reading for social workers everywhere. By tracing the history of activist and 'left' social work, the authors make an original and important contribution to the literature. Social work educators who teach the history of social work ought to prescribe this book and ensure that students understand that the Charity Organization Society and the Settlements were not the only pioneers of the social work profession. The book's attempts to recognize the contribution of social work colleagues who, over the years, have thought of themselves as radical, is important and timely.."-"Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Vol. 29 no. 4, December 2002 "This book is an interesting and significant contribution to social work history. Reisch and Andrews urge their contemporaries to gain courage from aspects of the profession's radical past and continue to translate the principles of social justice into specific policies because "the road not taken still lies ahead" (p.235).."-Kriste Lindenmeyer, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, American Historical Review "Reisch and Andrews cast fresh light on the neglected history of radical social work in the United States. They document the courage and persistance of radical social workers in prior eras and make an eloquent case for retaining, strengthening, and honoring a radical social work movement in coming decades."-Bruce S. Jansson, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work of the University of SouthernCalifornia ." . . the most inclusive overview and synthesis to date of radical social work and anti-radical repression of social work in the twentieth century. This is an invaluable study, chock full of historical knowledge and sure to spark debate among radical social workers and their opponents."-Robert Fisher, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Political Social Work, University of Houston "This important contribution to social welfare history tells the story of the paths we did not take - of how, by marginalizing and repressing some of the most innovative social welfare leaders, we shortchanged American social policy and created a safety net that could be easily shredded. It is essential reading for those who wish to repair the damage.."-Joel Blau, DSW, Director of Doctoral Program, School of Social Welfare, State University New York at Stonybrook --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Michael Reisch, Ph.D., is professor of social work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Janice Andrews, Ph.D., is professor of social work at the University of St. Thomas and College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Katherine van Wormer on October 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Going beyond mere history this presentation takes the reader into the heart of radical thinking in contemporary social work. This remarkable work, drawn from original sources--archives and interviews--reveals how much of the past is in the present. Each chapter is a major contribution in itself. Radicals will treasure this book forever; for others it is a must read. Learning about the purges of the McCarthy era is highly relevant in the warfare state of the present day. The Road Not Taken is well written, well organized and well conceived. I could hardly put this book down and will be citing it in my future research on the welfare state.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward Yates on June 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Anyone going to school for Social Work needs read this book to get an alternative perspective on the History of Social Work. Very well written and easy to read. A must get for any one committed for social change!!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mars Davison on March 21, 2013
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I bought this book because there aren't a lot of books exploring the history of progressive/radical social work. The author explored the history of a number of groups and individuals while discussing the political climate precipitating a lot of the actions and reactions by the social work community and government. It's definitely worth buying.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frozen Assets on January 2, 2014
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Another silly book about a dead end in American politics and social work. The cover says it all. Social workers with big mouths but very, very little relevance to social need. A fantasy of the Disneyland left. This is not scholarship but the fiction of grandiosity: "Come close my children and Grandpa will tell you about his exploits to save humanity." Another gas attack by a tenured, buttoned down professor who never took any risks beyond stepping out of the shower stall.
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