Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work
Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work, 2/e
is the first HSBE text to approach the subject from a comparative theory perspective, providing coverage of the most current and contemporary theories as well as traditional theories. A consistent framework for analysis is provided for all of the theoretical systems that are covered. This text encourages students to develop critical thinking skills in analyzing and comparing theories, and includes contemporary developments in traditional lifespan theory, theories of political economy, and a separate chapter on transpersonal theory (Ch. 12). Each chapter includes coverage of the research that supports a particular theory, as well as an analysis of the validity of that research; each chapter also includes a discussion of updated “Contemporary Issues.”
New features to the 2nd edition include updated content in all chapters, as well as new content on:
New theoretical content added to the textbook represents the most contemporary and cutting edge content in theory that is not usually found in other human behavior or theory textbooks.
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Interest Group Conflict Although some theorists believe that political , economic ,
and social power resides in the hands of a small elite , others contend that no
one group has total control ( Perdue , 1986 ; Ritzer , 1992 ) . Rather , people with
Thus , conflict emanates from roles in a dynamic industrial society due to role
interests . When people become aware of their common interests they begin to
organize themselves into interest groups . Once organized , interest groups clash
Based on the premise that there is power in numbers , the interest group model
suggests that people can become empowered if they can define their common
interests and coalesce to create change . This has clear application at the ...