Social Work Practice and Social Welfare Policy in the United States: A History

Philip R. Popple
Pub date
Feb 2018
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The first new social work history written in over twenty years, Social Work Practice and Social Welfare Policy in the United States identifies, from a historical perspective, major challenges facing the social work profession. Tapping into archival data, the text describes the evolution of social work practice theories and techniques, and discusses social welfare policy and social work practice from the usual top down perspective of elites (policymakers, administrators, academics) while adding the bottom up perspective of service recipients and social work practitioners.


Chapter 1. Introduction; Chapter 2. Social Welfare in the New Nation, 1776-1865; Chapter 3. America Confronts Poverty, 1776-1860; Chapter 4. Modern America-Modern Problems, 1860-1900; Chapter 5. Scientific Charity, 1850-1900; Chapter 6. Progress in Social Welfare, 1895-1929; Chapter 7. The Birth of a Profession, 1898-1930; Chapter 8. Crises: The Great Depression and World War II; Chapter 9. The Depression-A Crisis for the New Profession, 1930-1945; Chapter 10. America's Welfare State Experiment, 1945-1974; Chapter 11. Social Work Practice, 1945-1974; Chapter 12. Ending Welfare As We Know It; Chapter 13. Social Work in the Conservative 21st Century Welfare State; Index

About the author: 

Philip R. Popple, PhD, MSW, Professor, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington.

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