Human Behavior and the Social Environment : Macro Level - Groups, Communities, and Organizations
Each person is a unique individual, yet we are also defined by groups - those we belong to and those we are excluded from, voluntarily or involuntarily. In the second half of the human behaviour and the Social Environment sequence, Katherine van Wormer, Fred Besthorn, and Thomas Keefe takes stimulating new approach to exploring this macro view of humanity and demonstrating how each component of society, from the single person to the sprawling organization, is part of a dynamic whole. Their collaboration has produced a remarkable volume that will help students recognise and consider interactions between and among individuals and social systems, and thereby develop into truly effective social workers.
- Paperback | 326 pages
- 175.3 x 248.9 x 17.8mm | 294.84g
- 16 Nov 2006
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- 33 halftones, 5 line illustrations
About Katherine S. Van Wormer
Katherine van Wormer is Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa and is the author or co-author of nine books in the fields of women and criminal justice, addictions treatment, social welfare in global perspective, and confronting oppression. Her web site is www.katherinevanwormer.com. Fred H. Besthorn is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of many publications and a frequent speaker on the interface of environmentalism and social work. He is also the creator of the Global Alliance for a Deep-Ecological Social Work and Earth-Consciousness: The Journal of Environmental Social Work and Human Services. Thomas Keefe is Head of the Department of Social Work and Director of the M.S.W. program at the University of Northern Iowa. He served as a psychiatric social worker in the U.S. Air Force and has authored numerous books and articles on peace studies, meditation, and the relationship between socioeconomic forces and the problems addressed by social workers.
"Together, the two books by van Wormer and van Wormer, Besthorn and Keefe on Human Behavior and the Social Environment give a comprehensive overview of human behavior in the wider social context. They provide increased awareness of the connections between individual behavior, circumstances, cultural and global influences as well as ethical considerations that must form a part of personal and professional decision-making. Although these books sit well together, each one can also stand competently alone."--International Social Work