The Reluctant Welfare State: Engaging History to Advance Social Work Practice in Contemporary Society

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Cengage Learning, Feb 20, 2008 - Social Science - 640 pages
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Written in clear, lively prose by one of the foremost scholars of social welfare, Dr. Jansson's highly respected text analyzes the evolution of the American welfare state from colonial times to the present. This sixth edition of THE RELUCTANT WELFARE STATE: ENGAGING HISTORY TO ADVANCE SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY places social policy in its political, cultural, and societal context. Using social policy history as a catalyst, Jansson invites students to think critically about issues, developments, and policies in prior eras and in contemporary society, and he inspires them to develop their own policy identity.
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Contents

The Symbiotic and Uneasy Relationship between Clients Social Workers and the Welfare State
1
Making the American Welfare State More HumanePast Present and Future
22
Fashioning a New Society in the Wilderness
55
Social Welfare Policy in the Early Republic 17891860
95
Lost Opportunities The Frontier the Civil War and Industrialization
128
Social Reform in the Progressive Era
164
Social Policy to Address the Worst Economic Catastrophe in US History
213
The Era of Federal Social Services The New Frontier and the Great Society
275
The Conservative Counterrevolution in the Era of Reagan and Bush Sr
364
Reluctance Illustrated Policy Uncertainty during the Clinton Administration
412
Bushs Quest for Realignment
468
Why Has the American Welfare State Been ReluctantAnd What Can We Do about It?
524
Using Knowledge of the Evolution of the American Welfare State to Improve Your Professional Practice
569
Name Index
589
Subject Index
593
Copyright

The Paradoxical Era 19681980
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