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Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need (7th Edition)

Social Welfare: A History of the American Response to Need (7th Edition)
Author: June Axinn - Mark J. Stern
ISBN 13: 9780205522156
ISBN 10: 205522157
Edition: 7
Publisher: Pearson
Publication Date: 2007-08-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $101.80

Social Welfare - Seventh Edition, describes and analyzes the ideas that have shaped the history of social welfare—from the Colonial Period to the present day—by using original documents from each respective period through the current Bush Administration.

Coverage of economic developments, the impact of volunteerism, and the impact of privatization in the text helps students understand the context of social welfare movements and policies. New materials on trends in the justice system address the immigration debate and the issue of homosexuality and the law. The text also includes new material on Medicare prescription drug legislation, welfare reform, Hurrican Katrina, and social security privatization.


Axinn and Stern (social work, U. of Pennsylvania) present a historical narrative of social welfare issues in the US, accompanied by relevant historical documents. Organized around historical time periods from the mid-18th century to 1999, the volume places social welfare policy into economic, demographic, and political contexts. Revisions include new sections on the treatment and status of Native Americans, immigration policy, family roles, and attitudes towards the aging. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)