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The Newer Deal : Social Work and Religion in Partnership - Ram A. Cnaan

The Newer Deal

Social Work and Religion in Partnership

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Published: 29th November 1999
For Ages: 22+ years old
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As the federal system of entitlements and social services long provided by New Deal--era programs is dismantled and shifted to the states, the religious community finds itself relied upon more than ever to assist with social services for the needy.

"The Newer Deal" calls upon religious-based organizations and the social work--social service community to put aside their differences and forge a "limited partnership" to provide the social and welfare services that millions depend on. The proposed partnership focuses on joint care for those in need -- with attention to services for people of color, gays and lesbians, women, and programs for community empowerment and economic development -- while maintaining the values and other interests each partner traditionally holds.

The authors discuss different types of religious-based social services and draw on case examples and research findings to show how the religious community's role in providing social services is stronger than ever. They examine the relationship between the religious and the social work--social service communities, as well as the issues that have divided the two, and explain the ways in which concern for the poor is integral to the major faith groups.

"A clear-headed and valuable book on the complex connections between religion and social work, one that is essential reading not just for social work professionals but for anyone interested in this subject." -- Mark Chaves, "Sociology of Religion" "A clear-headed and valuable book on the complex connections between religion and social work, one that is essential reading not just for social work professionals but for anyone interested in this subject." -- Mark Chaves, Sociology of Religion "A clear-headed and valuable book on the complex connections between religion and social work, one that is essential reading not just for social work professionals but for anyone interested in this subject." -- Mark Chaves, "Sociology of Religion"

Prefacep. ix
The Challenge of Devolution and the Promise of Religious-Based Social Services: An Introductionp. 1
The Ambivalent Coexistence of Social Work and Religious-Based Social Services
What Do We Mean by "Religious-Based Social Services"?
Religious-Based Social Services in Social Work Literature and Educationp. 47
Reasons for the Rift Between Social Work and Religious-Based Social Servicesp. 69
Provision of Religious-Based Social Services: Theological Underpinnings, Historical Trends, and Current Findings
Theological Teaching and Emphasis on Helping the Needyp. 91
Religious Roots of America's Social Services Systemp. 112
Religion and the Quality of Life of Individualsp. 133
Religion and Social Services Provision at the End of the Twentieth Centuryp. 157
Empowerment and Organized Religionp. 185
Religious-Based Social Services Provision: Findings from Local Studies--Greensborop. 212
Religious-Based Social Services Provision: Findings from Local Studies--Philadelphiap. 229
The Challenge Ahead
Political and Societal Trends in Social Services Provisionp. 279
Toward a Limited Partnership for a Newer Dealp. 299
Referencesp. 315
Contributorsp. 347
Name Indexp. 349
Subject Indexp. 359
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ISBN: 9780231116251
ISBN-10: 023111625X
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 29th November 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52