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Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America

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January 2005 | 560 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North Amercia is a unique reference book that will provide users with basic information about the history of social welfare in North America, including Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Since many themes and issues are similar in the three nations, entries will provide comparative information about common as well as distinctive concerns and developments. Significant events, influential persons, legislation, social problems, and societal responses are described in detail.

Editors include specialists in the social welfare history of each nation, and they have collaborated with scholars from a variety of academic disciplines to prepare entries of varying length addressing these issues.

Included in each entry are suggestions for further reading that will guide readers to the rich resources available for learning about the history of North American social welfare. The encyclopedia also provides cross-references for important topics. This volume will be a unique reference tool for students at all levels, for teachers, and for libraries serving anyone with an interest in the history of North American social welfare.

Topics covered include:

- Canada

- Charity

- Child welfare

- Economic conditions and social welfare

- Economics/tax policy

- Health/Mental Health Policy

- Landmark social welfare legislation

- Mexico

- Poverty

- Race and social inequality

- Social problems

- Social security and income maintenance

- Social welfare reform

- Social welfare reformers

- Social work

- United States

- Women and social welfare.

"This book provides a consolidated historical time line that is inclusive of the unique contributions of urban and rural communities, immigrant and aboriginal peoples, and various social movements. The extensive chronologies are invaluable in that other sources often provide only limited time era or social welfare topic-specific chronologies."

Donna McIntosh
Siena College
Multicultural Review

"Here is a reference work that provides readers with information about the history of social welfare in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. . . . One strength of the title under review is its multinational perspective. . . . Recommended for those academic library collections where there is a specific need for basic information related to the history of social welfare in North America."

Diana Shonrock

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ISBN: 9780761925842

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