Feminist Perspectives on Social Work Practice: The Intersecting Lives of Women in the 21st Century

ISBN : 9780190858780

Shannon Butler-Mokoro; Laurie Grant
320 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jan 2018
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Feminist Perspectives on Social Work Practice is a contemporary look at the issues across a wide spectrum, beyond just equal pay for equal work and reproductive rights, with which women struggle on a daily basis. The Trump administration's call to roll back the progress that women have made over the decades in terms of social welfare benefits, reproductive rights, and employment recognition, alongside the continuing victimization of women who have survived sexual violence, are just a few examples demonstrating why social workers and other human service professionals need to continue to advocate and care for women in particular ways. This book aims to continue keeping the lives of women and the issues that affect and matter most to them at the forefront of the discussions about society and social services. The text will help readers to gain an understanding of populations of women that they might/will work with in the field of human services. Using demographics, case studies, and best practice/evidence-based programs, the authors collectively provide students and practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge of women from a feminist perspective.


Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction: Women in the Twenty-First Century; Laurie Grant and Shannon Butler-Mokoro; Chapter 1: Feminist Movement Histories; Johanna Foster; Chapter 2: Key Feminist Theoretical Orientations in Contemporary Feminist Practice; Johanna Foster; Chapter 3: Privilege, Oppression, and the Intersections: The Many Faces of Gender and Identity; Allyson Livingstone; Chapter 4: Healthy and Otherwise: Women in Intimate Relationships; Beverly Dolinsky, Robert Jerin, and Brandi Johnson; Chapter 5: Mothering and Child Welfare; Lisa Johnson and Sandra Yudelivich-Espinoza; Chapter 6: Women and Criminalization at the Intersections; Johanna Foster; Chapter 7: Not So Crazed and Confused: Unraveling Women's Mental Health Challenges; Rebecca Mirick; Chapter 8: Escaping from a Harsh Reality: Women and Substance Use Disorders; Shelley Steenrod; Chapter 9: Action Deferred or a Final Call to Fire: Exploring the Health Care Needs, Priorities, and Services for Women Veterans; Lisa Rasheed; Chapter 10: Nothing About Us Without Us: Working with Women Who Have Disabilities; Elspeth Slayter; Chapter 11: Getting Older and Wiser: Working with Older Adult Women; Laurie Grant and MaryAnn Holak; Glossary; Index

About the author: 

Shannon Butler-Mokoro, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Salem State University. She has been a second generation clinical social worker with experience in mental health and substance abuse. Her teaching expertise and research interests are in cultural competence, social welfare history, women, and faith-based agencies and social work/spirituality.; Laurie Grant, MSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in a private practice (called Reaching a Fork in the Road) north of Boston. Specializing in working with clients who struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder, hoarding, and anxiety, Laurie supervises and teaches students advocacy and social work practice skills at the School of Social Work at Salem State University and North Shore Community College.

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