Social Development: Theory and Practice

Social Development: Theory and Practice

By: James O. Midgley (author)Paperback

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Walking through social development's key theoretical principles and practice strategies, this book shows how it promotes peoples' wellbeing not only in the Global South, where it first emerged, but in the Western countries as well. It covers: Definitions and an historical evolution of social development Key theoretical debates around social well-being, human rights and social justice Social development practice such as human capital interventions, community development and cooperatives, asset building, employment creation policies and programmes, microenterprises and social planning among others Future challenges; global poverty, international aid and trade, and global inequality, conflict and injustice. Complete with international examples drawn from around the world, Social Development: Theory and Practice demonstrates how social development theory translates into practical application. This book is essential reading for students in development studies, social policy, public administration and social work, and for policymakers and development practitioners everywhere. James Midgley is the Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley.

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James Midgley is the Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services and Dean Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from South Africa, he studied at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics and held academic appointments at both universities before moving to the United States 1985 where he served as as Dean of the School of Social Work and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at Louisiana State University. He accepted the appointment as Specht Professor and Dean of the School of Social Welfare Berkeley in 1997. He has published widely on issues of social development, social policy, social work and international social welfare. His major books include Professional Imperialism: Social Work in the Third World. Heinemann, 1981; Social Security, Inequality and the Third World, Wiley, 1984; Comparative Social Policy and the Third World, Harvester, 1987 (with Stewart MacPherson); The Social Dimensions of Development: Social Policy and Planning in the Third World, Gower, 1989 (with Margaret Hardiman); Social Development: The Developmental Perspective in Social Welfare, Sage, 1995; Social Welfare in Global Context, Sage, 1997; Social Policy for Development, Sage, 2004 (with Anthony Hall) and Social Development: Theory and Practice, Sage, 2014. In addition, he has edited or co-edited many books on international social welfare and social development. Among the most recent are Social Work and Social Development: Theories and Skills for Developmental Social Work, Oxford University Press, 2010 (with Amy Conley); Social Policy and Poverty in East Asia: The Role of Social Security, Routledge, 2010 (with K. L. Tang); Grassroots Social Security in Asia, Routledge, 2011 (with Mitsuhiko Hosaka); Colonialism and Welfare: Social Policy and the British Imperial Legacy. Edward Elgar, 2011 (with David Piachaud); Planning and Community Development: Case Studies. Madrid: Technical University of Madrid, GrupoGESPLAN-UPM, 2012 (with Adolfo Carzola); Social Protection, Economic Growth and Social Change: Goals, Issues and Trajectories in China, India, Brazil and Africa. Edward Elgar, 2013 (with David Piachaud); Social Protection in Southern Africa: New Opportunities for Social Development. Routledge, 2014 (with Leila Patel and Marian Ulricksen) and Social Policy and Social Change in East Asia. Lexington Books, 2014 (with James Lee and Yapeng Zhu). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and holds Honorary Professorial appointments at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, Nihon Fukushi University in Japan, Sun Yat-sen University in China and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 1. Defining Social Development Approaches to Definition Towards a Definition 2. The History of Social Development The Idea of Development The Critique of the Standard Model The Origins of Social Development Practice The Role of the International Agencies Reactions against Statism and the Renewal of Social Development Reinvigorating and Redefining Social Development PART TWO: THE THEORY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 3. Theoretical Debates and the Social Development Process The Original Condition The Goals of Social Development Change, Progress and Intervention Normative Perspectives 4. Theoretical Principles of Social Development Practice Social Development Practice Features of Social Development Practice The Practice Strategies Agents, Levels and Organisations Assesing Practice Outcomes PART THREE: SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE 5. Investments in Skills and Knowledge: The Role of Human Capital Human Capital in Historical Context Types of Human Capital Childcare and Early Childhood Interventions Formal Education: Schools and Universities Popular Education, Health and Nutrition Issues of Human Capital and Social Development 6. Social Capital, Communities and Social Development Historical Dimensions Social Capital and Community Development Activism and Community Action Community Building and Community Development Community Economic Development Community Development and Social Development 7. Promoting Decent Work and Employment: Policies and Investments The History of Employment and Employment Policy Key Programmes and Policies The Macroeconomic Policy Framework Employment Projects and Programmes Employment Policy and Decent Work Challenges and Opportunities 8. Microenterprise, Microfinance and Social Development The Evolution of Microenterprise and Microfinance Features of Microenterprise and Microfinance Types of Microenterprise Grameen Bank II and the Commercialisation of Microfinance Microenterprise, Poverty and Social Development 9. Assets and Social Development Asset Building in Historical Context The Nature of Assets and Asset Building Financial Assets for Individuals and Households Community Development and Community-Owned Assets National Assets, Trusts and the State The Role of Assets in Social Development 10. Social Protection as a Social Development Strategy The History of Social Protection The Features of Social Protection Varieties of Social Protection Poverty Alleviation Innnovations Social Protection and Development: Challenges and Opportunities 11. Social Planning, Rights and Social Development Social Planning's Historical Evolution The Nature of Social Planning Types of Social Planning Planning, Targets and Rights Problems and Prospects of Social Planning PART FOUR: CONCLUSION 12. The Agenda: Achieving Social Development Social Development: Towards Institutional Structuralism Theoretical Roots Implementing Managed Pluralism Barrier and Challenges Opportunity, Power and Struggle

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  • ISBN13: 9781412947787
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9781412947787
  • weight: 510
  • ISBN10: 1412947782

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