"I particularly appreciated the integration of macropractice principles. Content on current social issues such as the digital divide, the information economy, and globalization address areas of content mandated by CSWE. This is readable, interesting information that the reader enjoys adding to his/her professional toolbox. This is a useful text for policy, macropractice, and capstone courses as well as a good basis for continuing professional education in an increasingly important area of social work practice."
— Peggy Pittman Munke, Murray State University
"Well-conceived, readable, and very informative."
— John Herrick, Michigan State University
"This is just the ticket for introducing students interning in an advocacy agency that uses the web to educate various publics."
— John H. Noble, Jr., Catholic University of America
"An excellent contribution to how technology can be used to promote social change. Very informative."
— Joseph Wronka, Springfield College
This groundbreaking new book illustrates how the internet and other electronic resources are currently affecting social work practice. Rapidly emerging technologies have facilitated economic globalization and created a host of new issues for social workers to address. At the same time these technologies have become key tools for social activism and advocacy. Practitioners must understand the changes in social policy advocacy and community activism that these technological advances bring and learn to formulate new skills to utilize them to their advantage. Advocacy, Activism, and the Internet discusses the use of the internet as a tool for instigating social change at the local, state, national, and international levels. The authors show how technology affects social work practice directly through new methods and indirectly by affecting the communities that practitioners serve. It provides channels for e-advocacy as well as a thorough exploration of the major theoretical, practice, and research perspectives that inform electronic activism. This book solidly integrates new on-line advocacy skills with traditional methods and unites research on internet communities with macro social work theory.
About the Editors
John McNutt is a professor of Urban Affairs at the University of Delaware. His research is in the area of advocacy and activism on the Internet, and he has previously edited The Global Environmental Crisis: Implications for Social Welfare and Social Work (1994). He has also written Generalist Practice in Larger Settings: Knowledge and Skill Concepts and Social Policy Analysis and Practice, both published by Lyceum Books.
Foreword: The Internet, Society and Activism. Noam Chomsky
Chapter 1 Communities and Advocacy on the Internet: A Conceptual Framework. Steven Hick and John McNutt
Part 1 Community Organizing and Advocacy and the Internet:
Part 2: Organizing
for Social Change
Part 3 Social Policy
and Community in an Information Society: Implications for Advocacy and
2002, Paper, 256 Pages, ISBN 978-0-925065-60-5, Price $49.95