Social Insurance and Social Justice: Social Security, Medicare and the Campaign Against Entitlements (Google eBook)

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Leah Rogne Ph.D., Dr. Carroll Estes PhD, Dr. Brian Grossman ScM, Brooke Hollister, Ms. Erica Solway MSW, MPH
Springer Publishing Company, Mar 23, 2009 - Social Science - 488 pages
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[W]e must tell the story of how social insurance programs have assured basic economic and health security for millions of Americans?.This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about these goals.
-From the Foreword by Barbara Kennelly
President and CEO,
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

This politically charged, provocative text serves as an introduction to social insurance programs, examining all aspects of these hotly debated policies. The editors cover cutting-edge topics, including Social Security and privatization, universal health insurance, and how America's changing demographics will impact social security in the years to come.

Five key sections cover the critical topics:

  • Social Insurance: History, Politics, and Prospects examines the foundational social insurance principles upon which Social Security, Medicare, and other programs are based
  • What's at Stake identifies the risks posed to women, minorities, and the elderly if they could no longer depend on social insurance programs
  • The Ongoing Debates on Social Insurance discusses public opinions of social insurance programs, and responds to arguments supporting privatization
  • Critical Perspectives on Social Insurance Reform presents international experiences and policy trends, and analyzes reform movements from a social justice perspective
  • Teaching Social Insurance: Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice presents pedagogical strategies to help students understand, influence, and engage in an informed debate about social policy
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Contents

WHATS AT STAKE
109
THE ONGOING DEBATES OVER SOCIAL INSURANCE PROGRAMS
191
CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON SOCIAL INSURANCE REFORM
293
TEACHING SOCIAL INSURANCE CRITICAL PEDAGOGY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
377
From the Audacity of Hope to the Audacity of Action
435
Index
441
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About the author (2009)

Leah Rogne, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She teaches Sociology of Death, Applied Sociology, Program Planning, and Nursing Home Administration; and supervises internships for Gerontology and Sociology. Dr. Rogne directs Mankato's Applied Sociology Program and has served as Acting Director of its Gerontology Program. She worked as a social worker and program developer in long-term care for 10 years. Her research is on long-term peace activists, culture change in long-term care, and social insurance and the privatization debate. Rogne was co-editor of Social Insurance and Social Justice: Social Security, Medicare, and the Campaign against Entitlements (2009), co-author of an Occasional Paper on Teaching Social Insurance published by AARP in 2008, and organizer of multiple professional presentations on social insurance and the privatization debate. She is a member of the Palliative Care Consortium organized by Mayo Health Health Systems (Western Region), which is working on transforming how the Greater Mankato community in southern Minnesota does end-of-life care.

Carroll L. Estes, PhD is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco in the School of Nursing and founding and first Director of the Institute for Health and Aging (1979-1998). Dr Estes is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and past President of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Society on Aging, and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. She has served as consultant to U. S. Commissioners of Social Security and Congressional Committees on Aging.

Brian R. Grossman, MSPH, is a Doctoral Candidate in the Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is an instructor in the Health Science Department at San Jose State University and in the Department of Sociology and the Graduate Program in Gerontology at San Francisco State University. He is a Project Associate with Students for Social Security.

Brooke A. Hollister received her PhD in Sociology from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Brooke is the national director and co-founder of Students for Social Security and Concerned Scientists in Aging. She is currently working as a research specialist at the Institute for Health and Aging at UCSF.

Erica Solway, MSW, MPH is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a Project Associate with Students for Social Security.

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