Toward a Livable Life: A 21st Century Agenda for Social Work

ISBN : 9780190691059

Mark Robert Rank
396 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jan 2020
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Historically, social workers have confronted and alleviated many of society's most far-reaching and seemingly intractable challenges. As we move further into the 21st century, however, the field faces a renewed call to action as critical problems become more deeply and widely engrained in the world's social fabric. Enlisting the insights of leading social work scholars, Toward a Livable Life grapples with 13 key areas in an effort to identify innovative solutions toward achieving a "livable life"-that is, a life in which individuals are able to thrive and develop in order to reach their full potential and capacity. To this end, the volume paves the way for the effort that lies ahead for social work researchers, practitioners, teachers, and students.



Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Tackling the Root Socioeconomic Determinants of Ill Health

Chapter 3. Alleviating Poverty

Chapter 4. Reducing Discrimination, Stigma, and Social Exclusion

Chapter 5. Building Financial and Tangible Assets for the Entire Population

Chapter 6. Preventing Child Neglect and Abuse

Chapter 7. Fostering Civic Engagement Across the Life Course

Chapter 8. Generating Thriving, Diverse, and Durable Communities

Chapter 9. Reforming the Process of Incarceration

Chapter 10. Productively Engage Older Adults

Chapter 11. Generating Effective Demand and Use of Social Services

Chapter 12. Designing and Implementing Policy and Program Innovations

Chapter 13. Leveraging Big Data Analytics and Informatics

Chapter 14. Conclusion

About the author: 

Mark Robert Rank, PhD, MS, is Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at Washington University in St. Louis. He is widely recognized as one of the countrys foremost experts on issues of poverty, inequality, and social justice.

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