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Human Behavior, Communities, Organizations, and Groups in the Macro Social Environment: An Empowerment Approach
Synopses & Reviews
This comprehensive book, loaded with case studies, offers a solid foundation for assessment of human behavior in macro settings. Kirst-Ashman offers the reader practical and concrete ways of thinking about how macro systems (or task groups, communities and organizations) affect human behavior, and how these influences have implications for macro social work practice. The theme of empowerment, or building on the strengths of communities, organizations, and groups to promote change, lies at the heart of the profession's goals and central philosophies.
Book News Annotation:
A textbook for a graduate or undergraduate course in human behavior and the social environment that incorporates content on communities, organizations, and groups. Kirst-Ashman emphasizes the importance of a macro-scale perspective to complement the more popular ones on mezzo and micro scales. The book complies with the Council on Social Work Educations's accreditation standards for content. Instructor and student manuals are also available.
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In this text, best-selling author Karen Kirst-Ashman introduces you to the ins and outs of human behavior in macro settings while helping you develop the necessary skills to think critically about how macro systems affect human behavior and ultimately, the practice of social work. By focusing on empowerment, she highlights the ways that communities, organizations, and groups promote positive change by building upon their strengths-taking you straight to the heart of what social work is all about.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-274) and index.
About the Author
Karen K. Kirst-Ashman has been a full professor and former chairperson in the social work department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she has taught for 28 years. She has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles, and reviews on social work and women?s issues. She also has served as a consulting editor on many social work journals. Dr. Kirst-Ashman was a board member of the CSWE from 1998 to 2001 and has served as a CSWE accreditation site visitor on various occasions. She is certified as a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Wisconsin and has been the recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her BSW degree in 1972 and MSSW degree in 1973 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Human Behavior in the Macro Social Environment. 2. Human Behavior in Groups: Theories and Dynamics. 3. Types of Groups in the Macro Social Environment. 4. Knowledge and Theories About Organizations. 5. Social Service Organizational Settings, Goals, and Environmental Contexts. 6. Organizational Structure and Dynamics. 7. Human Behavior, Management, and Empowerment in Organizations. 8. Communities in the Macro Social Environment: Theories and Concepts. 9. Assessment of Geographic Communities and Empowerment. 10. Neighborhood Empowerment. 11. Diversity, Populations-at-risk, and Human Behavior in the Macro Social Environment. 12. Social Justice and the Global Community.
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