Social welfare: A history of the American response to need

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9780060404031: Social welfare: A history of the American response to need

Seeing social work and social welfare through a historical lens


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Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need allows students to place current issues of social concern in their historical context.


Numerous original documents help students understand the impact of history on current social welfare issues.The book examines the history of social work and social welfare in the United States since the 18th century.  It shows how social conditions, ideas about dependency and poverty, and institutions have shaped social policy and the efforts of voluntary organizations and individuals who work with at-risk populations.


Coverage of economic developments, the impact of volunteerism, and the impact of privatization in Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need helps students understand the context of social welfare movements and policies. By examining forces of social change and continuity, the text helps students see contemporary topics like health care reform, welfare, and homelessness through a historical framework.


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This book describes and analyzes the ideas that have shaped the history of social welfare from the Colonial Period to the present day.

Provides a history of events and ideas that have shaped American social welfare policy, using original documents from each respective period. Coverage of economic developments also helps to understand the context of social welfare movements and policies.

For anyone interested in the history of social welfare.

About the Author:

Mark Stern is professor of social welfare and history and co-director of the Urban Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has authored or co-authored five books, including One Nation Divisible: What America Was and What It Is Becoming (co-authored with Michael B. Katz).


Before her death, June Axinn was professor emeritus of social welfare at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Axinn, June
Published by Harper & Row (1982)
ISBN 10: 0060404035 ISBN 13: 9780060404031
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1

Book Description Harper & Row, 1982. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 2nd. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060404035

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