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NEW PERSPECTIVES ON POVERTY:
POLICIES, PROGRAMS, AND PRACTICE

Elissa D. Giffords, Long Island University Post Campus
Karen R. Garber, Nassau County Department of Social Services

What is poverty? Who is at risk? What myths about poverty are pervasive in the United States?

This textbook explores the contemporary realities and perceptions of poverty in America since 1908. The authors bring together theoretical, empirical, and clinical knowledge using reader-friendly and jargon-free language to discuss public and private approaches to poverty and how interest groups influence policies. Professors Giffords and Garber examine the varying ideologies of poverty and analyze the impact of it has on specific at-risk populations, including people who are homeless, persons with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, individuals with co-occurring disorders, and veterans and military families. This book challenges stereotypes and describes actionable interventions that can help change the face of poverty for the better.

Features

  • defines poverty and social welfare in historical and contemporary contexts from multiple perspectives
  • relevant case studies along with additional resources and Internet links to help further understanding
  • thorough treatment of employment-related policies
  • practical interventions at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels
  • discussion questions for full lectures, small groups, or personal reflection on specific topics

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
List of Tables and Figures

Chapter 1 What Is Poverty?
          Defining Poverty
          Charity Organization Society and the Settlement House Movement
          Progressive Era
          The Great Depression and the New Deal
          The Role of the Welfare State
          Current Demographics and Characteristics of Poverty in America
          Social Minimum, Human Rights, and Social Justice
          Levels of Intervention
          Concluding Comments
          Internet Resources
          Further Readings
          References

Chapter 2 Contemporary Responses to Poverty
          Contemporary Perspectives to Delivering Social Welfare Benefits
          Contemporary Welfare State
          Human Service Organizations
          Government Antipoverty Programs
          Social Insurance
          Public Assistance
          Health Care
          The Working Poor
          Current and Future Trends
          Impact of Funding Cuts on Human Service Organizations
          Concluding Comments
          Internet Resources
          Further Readings
          References

Chapter 3 Employment, Poverty, and Social Welfare
          U.S. Employment Policy in Historical Perspective
          Unemployment: Undercounted, Chronic, Disproportionate in Demographic Impact
          Good Jobs/Bad Jobs/No Jobs
          Motherhood, Single Motherhood, and Labor Market Disadvantage
          What Is to Be Done?
          What Can Social Workers and Helping Professionals Do?
          Concluding Comments
          Case Studies
          Internet Resources
          Further Readings
          References

Chapter 4 People Experiencing Homelessness
          Demographics and Characteristics
          Historical Perspectives
          Key Issues
          Government Policies and Programs
          Social Justice
          Interventions
          Concluding Comments
          Case Studies
          Further Readings
          References

Chapter 5 Families, Women, and Children
          Demographics and Characteristics
          Historical Perspectives
          Key Issues
          Government Policies and Programs
          Social Justice
          Interventions
          Concluding Comments
          Case Studies
          Internet Resources
          Further Readings
          References

Chapter 6 Older Adults
          Demographics and Characteristics
          Historical Perspective
          Key Issues
          Government Policies and Programs
          Social Justice
          Interventions
          Concluding Comments
          Case Studies
          Internet Resources
          Further Readings
          References

Chapter 7 People with Disabilities
          Demographics and Characteristics
          Historical Perspective
          Key Issues
          Social Justice
          Interventions
          Concluding Comments
          Case Studies
          Internet Resources
          Further Readings
          References

Chapter 8 Persons with Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders
          Demographics and Characteristics
          Historical Perspectives
          Key Issues
          Social Justice
          Interventions
          Summary
          Concluding Comments
          Case Studies
          Internet Resources
          Further Readings
          References

Chapter 9 Poverty among Immigrants and Refugees
          Demographics and Characteristics
          Historical Perspectives
          Key Issues
          Government Policies and Programs
          Social Justice
          Interventions
          Concluding Comments
          Case Studies
          Internet Resources
          Further Readings
          References

Chapter 10 Poverty and Its Impact on the Military Family and the American Veteran
          Demographics and Characteristics
          Historical Perspectives
          Key Issues
          Government Policies and Programs
          Social Justice
          Interventions
          Concluding Comments
          Case Studies
          Internet Resources
          Further Readings
          References

Chapter 11 Poverty: What You Can Do
          Being Aware of the Impact of Social Welfare Policies
          A Review: Populations at Risk of Poverty
          Working toward Social and Economic Justice
          Things You Can Do
          Internet Resources
          Further Readings
          References

Glossary
Index
About the Contributors

About the Authors

Elissa D. Giffords (DSW, MSW, Adelphi University) is professor of social work at Long Island University Post Campus. Her responsibilities include oversight of the LIU MSW program’s policy sequence and the child welfare concentration. She also currently serves as chairperson of Nassau County Department of Social Services Commissioner’s Advisory Council and program cochair of Nassau County Executive’s Family Violence Task Force. Professor Giffords has previously served as a child protective services caseworker, homeless prevention coordinator, policy advocate, and direct service and outreach coordinator. She received the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) NYS Social Worker of the Year Award in 2008, became a New York Academy of Medicine fellow in 2010, and lectured on social work education at Nanjing University of Science and Technology in China in 2011.

Karen R. Garber (BSW, MSW, Adelphi University; JD, Touro Law Center) is a social worker, attorney, and adjunct professor at Long Island University. She currently manages the Office of Consumer and Public Information and is administrator for Adult Protective Services, Family and Children’s Services, and Child Protective Services at the Nassau County Department of Social Services. Prior to her current administrative position, Garber worked exclusively in child welfare, directly overseeing programs that included foster care, adoption, persons in need of supervision, juvenile delinquents, mentoring, and independent living. In 2012, Garber represented Long Island University Post Campus in Nanjing, China, where she taught students about current social work practices in the United States.

2014 paperback, 560 pages, ISBN 978-1-935871-52-1, $59.95