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.
Steven Hick is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Carleton University. His published books include Land Our Life: a Study of the Struggle for Agrarian Reform in the Philippines (1987), Human rights and the Internet (2000), and Social Work in Canada: An Introduction (2002). 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.