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Human Behavior in the Macro Social Environment, 3rd Edition

  • Karen K. Kirst-Ashman University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • ISBN-10: 0495813656  |  ISBN-13: 9780495813651
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2000
  • © 2011 | Published
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About

Overview

Author Karen Kirst-Ashman provides students with a comprehensive overview of human behavior in macro settings. The detailed text encourages students to think critically about how macro systems affect human behavior and ultimately, the practice of social work. The updated text focuses on empowerment -- building on the strength of communities, organizations, and groups to promote change. Kirst-Ashman's new edition offers an greater coverage on social work cases in rural areas, feminist theory, the dynamics of gender-based power in organizations, and expanded discussion of spirituality in macro social work. HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND GROUPS helps students learn how to promote positive change by building upon the strengths of macro systems—taking you straight to the heart of what social work is all about.

Features and Benefits

  • HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND GROUPS examines how micro systems operate and impact human behavior, as well as offers themes of a strengths perspective, empowerment, and resiliency throughout the text.
  • The text encompasses all of the core curriculum content required by the 2008 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for program accreditation, including coverage of human diversity, populations-at-risk, and the promotion of social and economic justice, social work theory, values, and ethics.
  • Each chapter in HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND GROUPS includes overviews and summaries, providing students with a succinct structure for reorganizing and studying key content.
  • The text features critical thinking questions to stimulate student understanding of key concepts, as well as highlight boxes throughout each chapter to focus on specific policy, research and social work practices.
  • HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND GROUPS includes a chapter on social justice and the global community, stressing the need to advocate social and economic justice and human rights at the international level.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Human Behavior in the Macro Social Environment.
2. Values and Principles That Guide Generalist Practice in the Macro Social Environment.
3. Human Behavior in Groups: Theories and Dynamics.
4. Types of Groups in the Macro Social Environment.
5. Knowledge and Theories About Organizations.
6. Social Service Organizational Settings, Goals, and Environmental Contexts.
7. Organizational Structures and Dynamics.
8. Human Behavior, Management, and Empowerment in Organizations.
9. Communities in the Macro Social Environment: Theories and Concepts.
10. Assessment of Geographic Communities and Empowerment.
11. Neighborhood Empowerment.
12. Diversity, Populations-At-Risk, and Empowerment in the Macro Social Environment.
13. Social Justice and the Global Community.

What's New

  • The updated edition of HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND GROUPS features chapter opening learning objectives that are tied to new point-by-point chapter summaries.
  • HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND GROUPS reflects the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) requirements.
  • The text includes greatly expanded coverage of ethical considerations in the social work setting, such as how to handle negative feelings in task groups.
  • HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND GROUPS focuses on ethical issues of informed consent and community action, and also discusses President Obama’s experience both in community organizing and community building.
  • The text features an expanded discussion of the role of spirituality in macro social work, as well as greater coverage on social work cases in rural areas, feminist theory, and the dynamics of gender-based power in organizations.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman is Professor Emerita and former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles, and reviews on social work and women's issues. She also has served on the Editorial Board of AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work, and as a consulting editor for many social work journals including the Journal of Social Work Education. Dr. Kirst-Ashman has been a member on the Board of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and has served as a CSWE accreditation site visitor on various occasions. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin. She has been the recipient of both the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University Outstanding Teaching Award. She earned her BSW degree and MSSW degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies.