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Social Justice  

Janet L. Finn and Maxine Jacobson

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
This entry examines the concept of social justice and its significance as a core value of social work. Diverse conceptualizations of social justice and their historical and philosophical ... More

Social Movements  

Michael Reisch

Since the 19th century, social movements have provided U.S. social work with its intellectual and theoretical foundations and and furnished many of its leaders. Social workers were among ... More

Social Policy: History (1900–1950)  

Iris Carlton-LaNey

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
This entry traces American social welfare development from the 1890s to 1950. It also includes social work's participation and response to need during two critical times in American ... More

Social Policy: History (1950–1980)  

Mark J. Stern

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
Between 1950 and 1980, the United States developed a welfare state that in many ways was comparable to those of other advanced industrial nations. Building on its New Deal roots, the ... More

Social Policy: History (Colonial Times to 1900)  

Phyllis J. Day

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
American social welfare began in the colonial period with the adoption of the Elizabethan Poor Laws as the basis for treatment of society's poor and deviant. By the beginning of the ... More

Social Policy: Overview  

John M. Herrick

Social policy is how a society responds to social problems. Any government enactment that affects the well-being of people, including laws, regulations, executive orders, and court ... More

Social Work and the United Nations  

Robin S. Mama

The profession of social work has a long and rich history of participating in and influencing the work of the United Nations and its affiliate agencies, almost since the inception of the ... More

Strengths Perspective  

Johnny S. Kim

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
In social work practice, the strengths perspective has emerged as an alternative to the more common pathology-oriented approach to helping clients. Instead of focusing on clients' problems ... More

Strengths-Based Framework  

Robert Blundo

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Jun 2013
The strengths perspective is a paradigmatic shift away from problem-focused approaches to social work practice. The strengths perspective focuses not on the defectiveness of the client ... More

Technology Transfer  

Pranab Chatterjee, Heehyul Moon, and Derrick Kranke

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Apr 2008
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Jun 2013
The term technology transfer was first used widely during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations when the role of the United States in relation to developing countries was being formed. ... More

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