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Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need (7th Edition) 7th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205522156
ISBN-10: 0205522157
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Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need

Seventh Edition

 

June Axinn

Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

Mark J. Stern

University of Pennsylvania

 

 

Basic Approach:

 

Social Welfare, Seventh Edition, describes and analyzes the ideas that have shaped the history of social welfare–from the Colonial Period to the present day.   It offers a comprehensive examination of the history of social welfare that explores the ideas and the economic and political forces that have shaped policy development, providing students with a foundation for understanding current policies.   

 

Features: 

  • New! The period from 1992—2006 (Chapter 9) looks at the main thrusts of social welfare policy emphasized by the Republican majority in Congress and examines their impact on the poor and the oppressed in the United States.
  • Chapter 9 includes updated material on Medicare prescription drug legislation, welfare reform, Hurricane Katrina, and social security privatization.
  • Expanded sections cover the historical development of institutions and the de-institutionalization movement.  
  • Revised discussion of the War on Poverty takes recent scholarship into consideration.
  • Expanded discussions of trends in the justice system address the immigration debate and the issue of homosexuality and the law.
  • New Discussion Questions for each chapter help engage students in the role of history in contemporary policy debates.

What the reviewers are saying…

 

 “I really enjoy Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need and find that each time I read it in order to prepare for class, I pick up a few new interesting facts.”

                                                                                        Michael Wolf-Branigin, George Mason University

 

 “I think [Social Welfare] is still the best overall text for BSW or MSW students in courses that emphasize the history of social welfare.  It is well-organized, researched and written.  It has a clear theme that is maintained throughout the book.  It reflects the disciplinary strengths of the authors (economics and history) and it uses primary source documents effectively.”              Michael Reisch, University of Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (August 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205522157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205522156
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By AJ on October 26, 2013
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This book has a lot of great information but it takes the boring parts of welfare and the boring parts of history and mixes them all together. If you're someone who is more interested in social welfare policy and it's history than I am, you may find these books very interesting but let's just say, if it wasn't a requirement for one of my classes, I wouldn't read this book in my free time.
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I prefer the writing style of Chapin, who has written a similar book, but this one isn't bad. I found the content of this book very interesting-even without prior knowledge of the subject-just a bit dry in its expression.
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By Ang on December 13, 2012
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This textbook is very interesting and easy to follow. It includes a lot of information and is a very valuable resource for anybody interested in Social Welfare.
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A dense historical account of the development of the field of social work. Though it can be wordy at times, the read is extremely rewarding.
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Don't know course was cancelled. I didn't have the pleasure of using the book. Will let you know if class is offered next semester.
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