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Encyclopedia of social welfare history in North America /
editors, John M. Herrick, Paul H. Stuart.
imprint
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2005.
description
xxiv, 534 p. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0761925848 (cloth : acid free paper)
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imprint
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2005.
isbn
0761925848 (cloth : acid free paper)
catalogue key
5565401
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 489-512) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-06-01:
Herrick and Stuart's unique, groundbreaking work takes as its subject the origins and growth of social welfare in Canada, the US, and Mexico, lending the contents (written by scholars from all three nations) a distinctive perspective absent from other reference publications on welfare. Most rival publications review either chapters in comprehensive social science encyclopedias or single volumes focused on specific topics such as poverty and research methods, ignoring the historical dimension. Although the 180 articles follow the work's definition of social welfare to include "education, informal mutual assistance, the development of the social work profession, and voluntary charitable activities " as well as state-supported efforts, they explicitly omit social work practice and education from consideration. They note, when available, primary sources and their location, commentary, and selected recent works. Three appendixes offer guides to sources of information by country, a master bibliography of relevant literature, and chronologies of important dates in the historical development of each nation's welfare systems. All users will find the topical lists of articles in the "Reader's Guide" section valuable. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. College and university libraries supporting curricula in history, sociology, and political science. R. B. M. Ridinger Northern Illinois University
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"Here is a reference work that provides readers with information about the history of social welfare in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. . . . One strength of the title under review is its multinational perspective. . . . Recommended for those academic library collections where there is a specific need for basic information related to the history of social welfare in North America."
"This book provides a consolidated historical time line that is inclusive of the unique contributions of urban and rural communities, immigrant and aboriginal peoples, and various social movements. The extensive chronologies are invaluable in that other sources often provide only limited time era or social welfare topic-specific chronologies."
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Summaries
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America is a unique reference work that provides readers with basic information about the history of social welfare in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The intent of the encyclopedia is to provide readers with information about how these three nations have dealt with social welfare issues, some similar across borders, others unique, as well as to describe important events, developments, and the lives and work of some key contributors to social welfare developments. In choosing a continental focus, editors John M. Herrick and Paul H. Stuart encourage readers to explore cross-national and comparative work in the development of social welfare history. The Encyclopedia defines social welfare broadly to include education, informal mutual assistance, the development of the social work profession, and voluntary charitable activities as well as state supported public welfare activities. The coverage is therefore broad and interdisciplinary, including the fields of anthropology, health sciences, history, political science, social work, and sociology. Editors include specialists in the social welfare history of each nation, and they have collaborated with scholars from a variety of academic disciplines to prepare entries of varying length addressing these issues. Associate editors for Canada and Mexico, both authorities in the history of social welfare in those countries, were responsible for recruiting expert contributors in their fields. No other reference work takes this unique continental approach, and as such this will be a much needed acquisition for any academic or large public library with a social science collection. Beginning students as well as established scholars will find this an invaluable starting point for investigations into new areas of inquiry. Topics Covered Canada a? Charity a? Child welfare a? Economic conditions and social welfare a? Economics/tax policy a? Health/Mental Health Policy a? Landmark social welfare legislation a? Mexico a? Poverty a? Race and Social Inequality a? Social Problems a? Social Security and Income Maintenance a? Social Welfare Reform a? Social Welfare Reformers a? Social Work a? United States a? Women and social welfare Associate Editors John Graham, University of Calgary Enrique Ochoa, California State University, Los Angeles Ruth Britton, University of Southern California Editorial Assistants Russell Bennett and Benson Chisanga, University of Alabama
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America is a unique reference book that provides readers with basic information about the history of social welfare in North America, including Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Since many themes and issues are similar in the three nations, entries provide comparative information about common as well as distinctive concerns and developments. Significant events, influential people, legislation, social problems, and societal responses are described in detail. Editors include specialists in the social welfare history of each nation, and they have collaborated with scholars from a variety of academic disciplines to prepare entries of varying length addressing these issues. Included in each entry are suggestions for further reading that will guide readers to the rich resources available for learning about the history of North American social welfare. The Encyclopedia also provides cross-references for important topics.
Main Description
The Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North Amercia is a unique reference book that will provide users with basic information about the history of social welfare in North America, including Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Since many themes and issues are similar in the three nations, entries will provide comparative information about common as well as distinctive concerns and developments. Significant events, influential persons, legislation, social problems, and societal responses are described in detail. Editors include specialists in the social welfare history of each nation, and they have collaborated with scholars from a variety of academic disciplines to prepare entries of varying length addressing these issues. Included in each entry are suggestions for further reading that will guide readers to the rich resources available for learning about the history of North American social welfare. The encyclopedia also provides cross-references for important topics. This volume will be a unique reference tool for students at all levels, for teachers, and for libraries serving anyone with an interest in the history of North American social welfare. Topics covered include: - Canada - Charity - Child welfare - Economic conditions and social welfare - Economics/tax policy - Health/Mental Health Policy - Landmark social welfare legislation - Mexico - Poverty - Race and social inequality - Social problems - Social security and income maintenance - Social welfare reform - Social welfare reformers - Social work - United States - Women and social welfare.
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A reference that will provide users with basic information about the history of social welfare in North America, including Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

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