Social Work and Social Justice transcends discussions of abstract social justice concepts and goals by focusing on how these concepts can be used as guides for socially just practice at the interpersonal, organizational, community, and societal levels. In addition to emphasizing the importance of social justice work through compelling examples, case studies, and exercises, this book vividly illustrates its complexity and discusses how social workers can negotiate the practical and ethical challenges involved. Unlike many books on the subject, the text integrates diverse and often conflicting approaches to social justice to promote critical thinking and underscore the value of incorporating various perspectives into one's practice. Other distinguishing features include: its emphasis on the complementary nature of socially just goals and processes; its use of well-developed case examples, often drawn from the authors'experience; and the authors'reflection on the implications of these examples from both'micro'and'macro'perspectives, along with a discussion of how practitioners with diverse understandings of social justice might interpret the case. Social Work and Social Justice is based on the authors'extensive teaching and practice experience in a wide variety of fields, both in the U.S. and internationally, and on their research on such varied topics as welfare reform, mental health, social work practice theory, social work values and ethics, and the history and philosophy of social welfare and social work. It is undeniably a must-have resource for students and faculty in undergraduate and graduate social work programs, as well as practitioners in social work and the human services.
Part I: Historical, conceptual, and theoretical foundations of social justice: Introduction: background, themes, and goals -- Alternative concepts of justice -- Social justice and the social work profession -- Theories and concepts underlying socially just practice -- Part II: Doing justice: Social justice and individual and family change -- Socially just group work practice -- Socially just organizational practice -- Working with communities to promote social justice -- Creating and implementing socially just policies -- Socially just research and evaluation
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