The Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America is a unique reference work that provides readers with basic information about the history of social welfare in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The intent of the encyclopedia is to provide readers with information about how these three nations have dealt with social welfare issues, some similar across borders, others unique, as well as to describe important events, developments, and the lives and work of some key contributors to social welfare developments. In choosing a continental focus, editors John M. Herrick and Paul H. Stuart encourage readers to explore cross-national and comparative work in the development of social welfare history.
The Encyclopedia defines social welfare broadly to include education, informal mutual assistance, the development of the social work profession, and voluntary charitable activities as well as state supported public welfare activities. The coverage is therefore broad and interdisciplinary, including the fields of anthropology, health sciences, history, political science, social work, and sociology.
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. Associate editors for Canada and Mexico, both authorities in the history of social welfare in those countries, were responsible for recruiting expert contributors in their fields.
No other reference work takes this unique continental approach, and as such this will be a much needed acquisition for any academic or large public library with a social science collection. Beginning students as well as established scholars will find this an invaluable starting point for investigations into new areas of inquiry.
• Child welfare
• Economic conditions and social welfare
• Economics/tax policy
• Health/Mental Health Policy
• Landmark social welfare legislation
• 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
John Graham, University of Calgary
Enrique Ochoa, California State University, Los Angeles
Ruth Britton, University of Southern California
Russell Bennett and Benson Chisanga, University of Alabama