Social Work, Social Welfare, and American Society (with Research Navigator) (6th Edition)

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9780205401819: Social Work, Social Welfare, and American Society (with Research Navigator) (6th Edition)

This popular book provides a political perspective on social welfare to aid appreciation of the ideological context of contemporary social welfare programs. Written by two of the best-known authors in social work and social welfare, the Sixth Edition continues to examine the values, ethics, and knowledge needed by practioners of social worker. This book also explores the role of the contemporary social worker in social welfare programs and defines liberal, conservative, and radical positions. Strong, integrated coverage of the historical and political context of social welfare with definitions and comprehensive chapters on poverty cover theory, economics, and past and present anti-poverty programs to aid understanding of basic concepts and relate theory to practice. The latest edition includes new data from the National Opinion Research Corporation (NORC) and greater emphasis upon the belief that to understand social welfare one must understand the ideological positions that shape social welfare.

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This popular introductory text is written by two of the best-known authors in the social work and social welfare fields. The sixth edition continues to examine the values, ethics, and knowledge needed by social workers, as well as exploring social workers' current roles in social welfare programs. Strong coverage of the history of social welfare movements throughout the text allows students to place developments in a historical context.

Highlights of the Sixth Edition:

  • NEW data from National Opinion Research Corporation (NORC) interviews demonstrate the range of ideological identifications among Americans along a liberal-conservative continuum and describe the range of positions on particular social welfare issues.
  • NEW photographs further liven up this well-designed, student-friendly text.
  • More emphasis on the position that, in order to really understand social welfare, one must understand the ideological positions that shape it.
  • Student access code to Research Navigator™ included, granting students access to four exclusive databases of credible and reliable source material. Research Navigator™ helps students quickly and efficiently make the most of their research time. Visit www.researchnavigator.com to learn more.

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About the Author:

Philip R. Popple, BS,  University of North Texas; MSW, Washington University (St. Louis); Ph.D, Washington University (St. Louis). Dr. Popple has seven years social work practice experience as a child welfare worker, a program evaluator, child welfare training specialist, and training administrator. He began his academic career in 1976 and has served as an advanced standing program coordinator, a baccalaureate program director at two schools, a school director/chair at two schools, and is currently serving as Baccalaureate Program Director at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he served as Interim Dean in 2008/2009. Dr. Popple is co-author of three social work texts: Social Work, Social Welfare, and American Society, 8th ed., 2008 (with Leslie Leighninger); The Policy Based Profession, An Introduction to Policy Analysis for Social Workers, 5th ed., 2011; and Child Welfare Social Work: An Introduction, 2007 (with Francine Vecchiolla). He is currently under contract with Allyn & Bacon for a book to be titled Compassion and Protection: A History of Social Work and Social Welfare in the United States.


Leslie Leighningeris a Professor Emerita at the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. She has degrees from Oberlin College, Syracuse University, and the University of California  Berkeley.  She is the author of Social Work :  Search for Identity, and Creating a New Profession:  The Beginnings of Social Work Education in the United States.  Her research specialty is social work and social welfare history.  She was a Vice President of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work and the Council of Social Work Education.

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