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The Practice of Macro Social Work 4th Edition

William G. Brueggemann

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2006, 2001, 2001
  • 552 Pages


Intended for undergraduate and graduate social work students who want to make a difference in today's modern society, this comprehensive text explores the theory and methods in nine arenas of macro social work at the community, organizational, societal, and global levels of practice. THE PRACTICE OF MACRO SOCIAL WORK, Fourth Edition, challenges readers to use their concern, values, and critical thinking skills to assist those who struggle and have been excluded from making decisions that affect their lives--and to empower these less fortunate individuals to reclaim a healthy social environment for themselves and their children. The book's generalist orientation provides an organizational framework as well as history, biographical material on leading macro social workers, illustrative contemporary examples, and factual data that offers real life detail for students. Most important is the depth and wealth of practical information that assists students in understanding how to help people engage in solving social problems, and in influencing social change to bring about a more just society and humane global civilization. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

William G. Brueggemann, Kyushu University of Health and Welfare, Japan

William Brueggemann is a professor in the Masters and Doctoral Program, School of Social Welfare, at Kyushu University of Health and Welfare in Japan.
  • The narrative flow has been enhanced with numerous new biographies and case studies. The author frames the narrative with a series of questions for discussion to promote critical thinking skills.
  • Based on extensive research in each content area of the book, every chapter carried over from the third edition has been completely rewritten to incorporate updated information, innovative concepts, stimulating ideas, and the latest material available. Three chapters have been eliminated, with relevant material integrated into other revised chapters.
  • Chapter 2, "The Action-Social Model," is a completely new addition to the text that is used as a platform for all the book's practice chapters. The action-social model intentionally uses concepts of social reality as its foundation, rather than traditional biological and physical science-based social ecology and systems theory that forms the basis of many social work models.
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  • Chapter 4, "Conventional and Social Problems," is a refocused version of the third edition's chapter on social problems. Using an expanded definition of social problems, it provides new information about economic justice and a new innovative typology of four levels of human problems that exists on a continuum of increasing complexity.
  • Chapter 6, "Community," is completely restructured and based on an original action-social model of community. It contains new, updated, or expanded material on locality-based central cities, inner-ring suburbs, and suburbs; problems that face urban communities today; assets/resources and community control approaches; the changing conditions of rural America; virtual community, and more.
  • Chapter 8, "The Practice of Community Development," has new sections on community economic development, political community development, community social development, and challenges to community development in the 21st century.
  • Chapter 9, "Practice of Community Organization," is completely rewritten and updated with new material on the purpose of contemporary community organizing, a new generic model of community organizing that social workers can use in many current situations, and a new section on how students can develop a career in community organization.
  • Part III, "Social Work Practice with Organizations," includes an expanded exploration of non-profit social organizations and new material on the advent of new social enterprise organizations (Chapter 10); a step-by-step presentation on the process of constructing nonprofit social agencies, an examination of social entrepreneurship for social workers (Chapter 11); and new material on program planning and service development, employee development, and rules of thumb of social enterprise administration (Chapter 12).
  • Part IV, "Social Work Practice at the National and International Levels," includes new material on social work advocacy, expanded historical information on social wok at the global level, fresh material on international social problems, and a new focus (in Chapter 14) aiming to inspire students to consider international social work.
  • The book places macro work within the generalist perspective, explaining the ties between social work with individuals, groups, and communities as well as with organizational, societal, and global change. This generalist-oriented organizing framework expands readers' understanding of macro social work practice, and clarifies social work's historical mission of helping those who are among the less powerful members of society--both individually and at broader levels of society.
  • Historical background in each chapter helps students understand the place of specific theories, social settings, and practice methods within macro social work--and the importance of macro social work in the past 100 years.
  • Material on international social work--including history, major social problems, policy issues, and international social organizations--expands students' thinking to a broader global context.
  • Through the text's thorough coverage of social problems theory, problem solving methods, leadership, community, and organizations, readers gain a comprehensive overview of the entire field of macro social work. The practice chapters are the most comprehensive of any macro social work text and help students apply theory to practice.
  • Each chapter's content is introduced by a detailed outline, relevant quotes, and a narrative story that illustrates the practice arena from a real-life perspective.
  • Biographical material on leading macro social workers (including contemporary social workers in practice), illustrative contemporary examples, and factual data provide real life detail for students.
1. Overview of the Practice of Macro Social Work.
2. Action-Social Model of Macro Social Work.
3. Helping Individuals and Groups: Generalist Social Work Practice.
4. Conventional and Social Problems.
5. Solving Problems and Making Social Change.
6. Community.
7. The Practice of Community Research and Planning.
8. The Practice of Community Development.
9. The Practice of Community Organizing.
10. Social Organizations.
11. Creating New Social Organizations.
12. The Practice of Social Administration.
13. The Practice of Organization Development.
13. Advocacy and Social Action: Making a Good Society.
14. The Practice of Social Work at the Global Level.

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