Controversial Issues in Social Policy

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Howard Jacob Karger, James Midgley
Allyn and Bacon, 1994 - Political Science - 290 pages
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Highlights the value of controversy by using a debate format to present both sides of numerous controversial issues in social policy. Consists of 21 debates, written especially for this volume by experts in the field. The debate topics were selected to cover a wide range of professional interests in the field of social policy and are divided into three clusters: general issues, specific issues in the delivery of human services, and key issues related to poverty, deprivation, and social policy. Designed as a supplemental text for graduate and undergraduate courses in social work policy, or for social work practicum/seminars.

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About the author (1994)

James Midgley is the Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services and Dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to "Social Welfare in Global Context" which was published by Sage in 1997, he has published widely on issues international social work and social welfare. He is particularly well known for his work on social work and social policy in the developing world and he is widely regarded as a pioneer of this field. His most important books dealing with social work and social welfare in the developing countries include: "Professional Imperialism: Social Work in the Third World", Heinemann.1981; "The Social Dimensions of Development;" "Social Policy and Planning in the Third World, " Wiley, 1982 (with M. Hardiman); "Social Security, Inequality and the Third World, "Wiley 1984; "Comparative Social Policy and the Third World ("with" "S. MacPherson) Harvester, 1987; "Social Development: The Developmental Perspective in Social Welfare". Sage, 1995; and "Social Policy for Development" (with A. Hall, Sage, 2004). "Professional Imperialism "and" Social Security, Inequality and the Third World" were among the first to address issues of social work and Social Security in the developing countries.

Midgley is also a pioneer in the field of international social work. He formulated the proposal for "Profiles in International Social Work, " one of the first books dealing with international social work which was co-edited with M. C. Hokenstad and Shanti K. Khinduka and published by NASW Press for the World Social Work Congress in 1992. Subsequently, he published two additional books with M. C. Hokenstad on international social work for NASW Press. These are "Issues in International Social Work" (1997) and "Lessons from Abroad: Adapting International Social Welfare Innovations" (2004). Midgley s graduate textbook "Social Welfare in Global Context" which was published by Sage in 1997 has been widely adopted.

His other recent books include: "The Handbook of Social Policy "(with M. Tracy and M. Livermore) Sage, 2000;" Controversial Issues in Social Policy" (with Howard Karger and Brene Brown, Allyn & Bacon, 2003), and "Lessons from Abroad: Adapting International Social Welfare Innovations". (With M. C. Hokenstad NASW Press, 2004).

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