A New History of Social Welfare
Allyn and Bacon, 1997 - 468 pagine
This revision traces the evolution of the concept of social welfare and presents a sweeping view of the history of social welfare programs from prehistory through the 1990s. The author takes a feminist perspective and integrates coverage of women's and minority issues into the development of our present social welfare system. Particular attention is paid to the issues of poverty and social and economic justice.
This edition includes coverage of the new welfare reform act or TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), including the political and economic implications for the poor, particularly women and children. In addition, the new edition deals more fully with global economic issues affecting social welfare in all countries. Chapter 13 now includes more information on transnational corporations and the global economy. Chapter 13 also includes new coverage of managed health care and case management.
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"Poverty levels" were first formulated in 1964, based on assumptions about the
cost of a short-term emergency diet, the dietary needs of the aging poor, and the
estimate that people generally spent about one-third of their income on food.
A modern redefinition of poverty is the group called the underclass: people,
usually African Americans, in inner-city areas beset by poverty and crime.26
Regardless of the intent of sociologist William J. Wilson when he created this
TABLE 1-2 People below Poverty Level, 1992 (millions) All People below Poverty
Level People 65+ below Poverty Level Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census,
Statistical Abstracts of the United States: 1994 (1 14th Ed.), Table 53, p. xxi. men
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The Institution of Social Welfare
Feudalism and the Welfare State
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