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Social Welfare Policy

Social Welfare Policy
Regulation and Resistance Among People of Color

  • Jerome H. Schiele - Bowie State University, University of Georgia, USA, Clark Atlanta University, USA, Norfolk State University, Morgan State University, USA, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA

May 2012 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Applying the social control paradigm to people of color, this text uses a racism-centered perspective of social welfare policy analysis to examine how such policies have regulated the lives of people of color and then employs a strengths-based approach to describe how they have refused to go along with the oppressive features of these policies. It illuminates the need for culturally competent social welfare policy practitioners, illustrating how racism continues to be at the center of many contemporary social problems such as issues of employment, public and bilingual education, housing and residential patterns, citizens' rights, and affirmative action—and of the social welfare policies used to address these issues.

This book is an ideal core or supplementary text for Social Policy courses in departments of social work or human services. It is also a must-read for social welfare policy advocates and analysts and for anyone interested in how the themes of social welfare policy regulation and resistance are relevant to people of color.

Part I. Regulation and Resistance Among African Americans
1. Regulating the Lives of Children: Kinship Care as a Cultural Resistance Strategy of the African American Community
2. African American Club Women's Resistance to Oppressive Public Policy in the Early 20th Century
3. Involuntary Commitment Policy: Disparities in Admissions of African American Men to State Mental Hospitals
4. Racial Control and Resistance Among African Americans in the Aftermath of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996
Part II. Regulation and Resistance Among Asian Pacific Americans
5. A Historical Understanding of Korean Americans' Immigration and Resistance Against All Odds: From Hawaii to New York
6. Japanese American Resistance to World War II: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Policies
7. Social Exclusion as a Form of Regulation: Experiences and Lessons Learned in the New York Asian American Community
8. The Impact of Deportation on Chinese Americans: A Family's Pain, a Community's Struggle
Part III. Regulation and Resistance Among Latino/Latina Americans
9. Latin@s in the Public Square: Understanding Hispanics Through the Prism of United States Immigration Policy
10. Immigration, Dehumanization, and Resistance to U.S. Immigraton Policies: Pushing Against the Boundary
11. Fear of Calling the Police: Regulation and Resistance Around Immigration Enforcement Activities
12. Creating the Latino Agenda for Eliminating Health Disparities in Communities: A Call to Action
Part IV. Regulation and Resistance Among First Nation Americans
13. Indigenist Oppression and Resistance in Indian Child Welfare: Reclaiming Our Children
14. American Indian Child Welfare: The Impact of Federal Regulation and Tribal Resistance on Policies and Practice
15. Restrictions on Indigenous Spirituality in the Land of the Free: "A Cruel and Surreal Result"
Qingwen Xu
Chinese Americans’ Experience of Deportation: The Impact on Chinese Immigrant Families and Communities

It gave students comprehensive examples of ways marginal target groups are impacted and respond to social policies.

Ms Ryan Bender
470000, Portland State University
September 19, 2016

Appropriate for the course in terms of presenting minority issues in policy advocacy in social work practice.

July 14, 2011
Key features

Key Features

  • Features well-known contributors specializing in race and ethnic studies
  • Offers a dual focus on both regulation and resistance, juxtaposing a victimization framework of oppression alongside a strengths perspective of defiance within the context of American social welfare policies
  • Emphasizes the links between macro level problems and policies and micro-level problems as experienced by the individual
  • Organized into four parts, each dealing with a specific group of color in the United States, presenting examples of policies enacted to control the group, the historical development of those policies, their impact, and how the group responded through resistance and self-help actions
  • Examines the various methods used by people of color to fight unjust policies, including micro and macro protest activities and the establishment and support of their own social welfare organizations
  • Includes illustrative examples and critical thinking questions in each chapter to spur classroom discussion and individual reflection

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