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Social work and social development : perspectives from India and the United States

Author: Shweta Singh
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Lyceum Books, ©2013.
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"The classic paradigm "think globally and act locally" is discovering a new relevance in the context of social development, as it provides a useful perspective on addressing the needs of nations as complex and diverse as India. In order to understand a country's motivation for change and social action, it is first necessary to understand the history of the people and their way of life. Social Work and Social  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shweta Singh
ISBN: 9781933478661 1933478667
OCLC Number: 794922744
Description: xv, 448 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction to India : interdisciplinary, multilevel, bicultural perspectives / Shweta Singh --
Part I : The roots of social work : values, religion, and philosophy iin India --
Tracing Indian philosophy and its contributions / Parthasarathi Mondalies --
Who is a Hindu? / D.N. Tiwari --
True Islamic traditions / A.K. Rai --
Toward a trans-religious synthesis / Daniel Lee --
--
Part II : The social development trajectory and its human and environmental consequences --
Social development and planning in developing countries / Vivek Kumar --
Planning development in the United States / Philip Young P. Hong --
Agarian transition and farmers' suicides / R.S. Deshpande --
Impacts of rapid restructuring in agriculture on farm families : the 1980's farm financial crisis in Iowa / Daniel Otto and Paul Lasley --
Beyond megacities : next generation urban development in India / Sudeshana Chatterjee --
Community organization strategies in the informal settlements of the urban poor / Anand Jagtap --
Building grassroots-anchored global networks / Philip Nyden --
National alliance of people's movement : multiculturalism, migration, and globalization / Medha Patkar --
Multiculturalism, migration, and globalization : reflections on de-territorialization in India / Steven Haymes and Maria Vidal De Haymes --
Making public participation fundamental to environmental monitoring and decision making / Leo Saldanha --
Environment movements in india : differing perspectives and dimensions / Prashant Bansode --
Two hundred fifty years of environmental activism in the United States : a story of partial success? / J. Marshall Eames and Nancy C. Tuchman --
--
Part III : Family social welfare and corrections --
Growth and development of child welfare in India / Nilima Pande --
A comparative look at family and child welfare in India and the United States / James Garbarino --
A framework for understanding women and gender in comparative perspective --
Elizabeth Jones Hemenway --
Aging and caregiving practices in India / Habibullah Ansari --
Impact of an aging society : United States / Marcia Spira --
Social work intervention in criminal justice : field-theory linkage / Vijay Raghavan --
American criminal justice, social work, and restorative justice / Edward J. Gumz --
--
Part IV : Health and mental health in India --
Primary health care : issues and perspectives with reference to developing countries / Ratnendera Ramesh Shinde --
Self reliance in health : parallels between U.S. and India / John Orwat and Vivian T. Chen --
Gender and health in India : issues beyond access to health-care services / Lakshmi Lingam --
Mental health policies and programs in India / K. Shekar --
Mental health : an American response / James Marley --
Understanding mental health problems in Mumbai slums / Shubangi R. Parkar --
--
Part V : Emerging issues of importance --
Terrorism laws of India : a look at the legal framework in light of human rights concerns / A Nagarathna --
Theater to television : a study of community and communication in India / Manjiri Ketkar-Maslekar --
Perspectives on emergence and regulation of voluntary sector in Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia / Vidya Rao.
Responsibility: edited by Shweta Singh.

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"The classic paradigm "think globally and act locally" is discovering a new relevance in the context of social development, as it provides a useful perspective on addressing the needs of nations as complex and diverse as India. In order to understand a country's motivation for change and social action, it is first necessary to understand the history of the people and their way of life. Social Work and Social Development: Perspectives from India and the United States compares India and the United States' approaches to social work and social development. The book highlights the similarities between the two countries, especially the cultural pluralism, democratic political structures, and social welfare policy commitments that make possible an inclusionary exchange of knowledge in the fields of social work and social development. The contributors to this book include both US and Indian experts in sociology, theology, women's studies, and social work. They examine both micro and macro issues ranging from religious pluralism, population migration, and criminal justice to child welfare, health care, and mental health policies. This unique approach integrates these multiple perspectives and provides a faceted picture of social structures and change in both countries. The goals of this book are to move finally beyond the ethnocentric mantra of applying "developed" solutions to "developing" problems and redefine the parameters for understanding people and problems in international social work. It is a unique and valuable resource for course work in social work, social development, international studies, and Asian studies. The framework presented in this book can be used as a model for further comparisons, so that we truly can begin thinking globally while acting locally not just in India, but in the United States and the rest of the world."--Publisher's website.

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