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Presentation: Social work in the United States
Transcript of Presentation: Social work in the United States
- How did social work in America develop in what it is today?
- From charity to profession
-Welfare triangle II. Current situation vs. Corresponding history Social work in the United States VI. Evaluation & Questions
- Social work today is led by managers whose primary focus is only to manage budgets rather than to meet the needs of the clients. V. Discussion - Solution(s)
a) promoting the ideals of work and individual responsibility.
b) make work a more attractive option than welfare.
- Strong points of this welfare state
- Weak points of this welfare state IV. Our own view a low degree of decommodification (i.e. the relative independence of the system towards the compulsion and risks of the capitalistic market) and a dominant role of the free market and the family;
little social rights, a low level of benefits, little redistribution of wealth, social stigmatization and a high degree of private welfare;
a strong institutionalized working-culture, where social insecurity is used as a motor of economical development.
(Esping-Andersen 1990). The U.S. Liberal Welfare System
- Welfare type
- Examples I. Current Situation - What makes social work special in the USA?
- America vs. The Netherlands
- Similarities III. What makes social work in America special?
From Conservative: Reagan, Bush (both) and even Clinton (Republicans)
- Conservative ideology
To Liberal: Obama (Democrat)
- Liberal ideology Political/Presidencies Ruud Bijen
Agnieszka Majewska Adams , Erath , Steven Shardlow. (2000) Fundamentals of social work. Russel House
Esping-Andersen, G. (1990) The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Oxford: Polity Press
Horst, ter. J. (2009) Social work in Europe. HB uitgevers, Baarn
Jacob, Steve; Willits, Fern K. ; Jensen, Leif (1996) Resudualism and rural America, a decade later. Journal of Sociology and Social welfare, September, 1996, Volume XXIII, Number 3, page 151.
Karger, H, Stoesz, K. (1995) American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach. Chapter 1, page 5.
Rengasamy, S. (2009) History of social welfare / social work. Requested on September 18th from http://www.scribd.com/doc/14826079/History-of-Social-Work
Tannenbaum, N; Reisch, M. (2001) From Charitable volunteers to architects of social welfare: A brief history of social work. Requested on September 19th 2012 from http://ssw.umich.edu/ongoing/fall2001/briefhistory.html SOURCES (Ter Horst, 2009) (Adams, Erath, Sharlow, 2000) (Esping-Andersen, 1990) Short film: The Dependency Agenda ''Social work practice is driven by social policies that dicate how the work is done, with whom, for how much, and towards what end". Examples (Jacob a.o. 1996 on: Residualism) "American social work is unique in the world, in that it's focus is on social justice instead of the universal ideas of human rights". - (War on) Poverty
- Natural disasters
- Terrorist threats/attacks
- War(veterans) (Karger, Stoesz, 1995) (Tannenbaum. Reisch, 2001) (Rengasamy, 2009) -Our view and vision