Michael Lavalette, Iain Ferguson, Vasilios Ioakimidis, “Global Social Work in a Political Context: Radical Perspectives”
Signs of Hope: Deafhearing Family Life by Donna West
Who Decides Who Decides?: Enabling Choice, Equity, Access, Improved Performance and Patient Guaranteed Care by John Spiers, Philip Booth, Neil Russel
Joseph E. Stiglitz, “Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity”
Joseph E. Stiglitz, “The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them”
?Michael Lavalette, Iain Ferguson, Vasilios Ioakimidis, “Global Social Work in a Political Context: Radical Perspectives”
ISBN: 1447322665, 1447322673 | 2018 | EPUB | 224 pages | 2 MB
How is social work shaped by global issues and international problems and how should it address them?
This book employs a radical perspective to examine international social work. Globalization had opened up many issues for social work, including how to address global inequalities, the impact of global economic problems and trends towards neoliberalism.
By examining the origins of modern social work, problematizing its definition and addressing the care/control dichotomy the book reveals what we can learn from different approaches and projects across the globe.
Case studies from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Spain, Latin America, Australia, Hungary, and Greece bring the text to life and allow both students and practitioners to apply theory to practice.
?Signs of Hope: Deafhearing Family Life by Donna West
English | April 1st, 2012 | ISBN: 1443836540, 1443849634 | 282 Pages | PDF | 3.40 MB
“Signs of Hope” tells the story of a narrative inquiry with three deafhearing families. For many of us, deafness represents loss and silence. For others, being deaf is a genetic quirk; an opportunity for learning, spiritual adventure and reward. For yet others, it is the most natural thing in the world; a connection to a genealogical layer of signing ancestors and the continuation of a culture.
Amid the noise of mainstream, medical and educational discourses of deafness, here are family voices demanding to be heard – whether spoken or signed – that challenge audiological and surgical intervention, that call for scrutiny and critique of ‘inclusive’ deaf-related pedagogical practices, that rail against marginalisation of members of minority cultures. Over four years, Donna West has recorded the stories of three families who wish to counter and resist what they see as damaging misconceptions and discriminatory constructions of deafness and deafhearing family life. Here, spaces are created that respect and acknowledge human beings – adults, children, deaf, hearing – as storytellers. The poetic and performative narratives at the heart of this book reveal not only the ways in which hurtful definitions of, and discrimination towards, deaf people and signing deafhearing families is destabilised, but also the ways in which celebration of deaf culture and sign language are affirming and vital for healthy family life.
?Who Decides Who Decides?: Enabling Choice, Equity, Access, Improved Performance and Patient Guaranteed Care by John Spiers, Philip Booth, Neil Russel
English | 2008 | ISBN: 1846192765 | 258 Pages | PDF | 3.8 MB
This book makes the case for ‘ordinary’ people to get the health and social care which the state has promised them for over 60 years but which has not been delivered. What is the case for choice? How can choice be made real for the individual? What impact can genuine, individually financially-empowered choice have on effective funding, purchasing, delivery, and outcomes? How can a genuine market grow and thrive? How can the quest for choice include the large numbers of NHS and social care staff on whom success depends? The book urges individual financial empowerment, through a life-long health savings account for all NHS and social services.
?Joseph E. Stiglitz, “Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity”
ASIN: B015774QVY, ISBN: 0393254054, 0393353125 | 2015 | AZW3 | 256 pages | 676 KB
It’s time to rewrite the rules―to curb the runaway flow of wealth to the top one percent, to restore security and opportunity for the middle class, and to foster stronger growth rooted in broadly shared prosperity.
Inequality is a choice.
The United States bills itself as the land of opportunity, a place where anyone can achieve success and a better life through hard work and determination. But the facts tell a different story―the U.S. today lags behind most other developed nations in measures of inequality and economic mobility. For decades, wages have stagnated for the majority of workers while economic gains have disproportionately gone to the top one percent. Education, housing, and health care―essential ingredients for individual success―are growing ever more expensive. Deeply rooted structural discrimination continues to hold down women and people of color, and more than one-fifth of all American children now live in poverty. These trends are on track to become even worse in the future.
Some economists claim that today’s bleak conditions are inevitable consequences of market outcomes, globalization, and technological progress. If we want greater equality, they argue, we have to sacrifice growth. This is simply not true. American inequality is the result of misguided structural rules that actually constrict economic growth. We have stripped away worker protections and family support systems, created a tax system that rewards short-term gains over long-term investment, offered a de facto public safety net to too-big-to-fail financial institutions, and chosen monetary and fiscal policies that promote wealth over full employment.
?Joseph E. Stiglitz, “The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them”
ASIN: B00OKUX35A, ISBN: 0393248577, 0393352188 | 2015 | AZW3 | 448 pages | 473 KB
How has America become the most unequal advanced country in the world, and what can we do about it?
In The Great Divide, Joseph E. Stiglitz expands on the diagnosis he offered in his best-selling book The Price of Inequality and suggests ways to counter America’s growing problem. With his signature blend of clarity and passion, Stiglitz argues that inequality is a choice―the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities.
Gathering his writings for popular outlets including Vanity Fair and the New York Times, Stiglitz exposes in full America’s inequality: its dimensions, its causes, and its consequences for the nation and for the world. From Reagan-era to the Great Recession and its long aftermath, Stiglitz delves into the irresponsible policies―deregulation, tax cuts, and tax breaks for the 1 percent―that are leaving many Americans farther and farther beyond and turning the American dream into an ever more unachievable myth. With formidable yet accessible economic insight, he urges us to embrace real solutions: increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy; offering more help to the children of the poor; investing in education, science, and infrastructure; helping out homeowners instead of banks; and, most importantly, doing more to restore the economy to full employment. Stiglitz also draws lessons from Scandinavia, Singapore, and Japan, and he argues against the tide of unnecessary, destructive austerity that is sweeping across Europe.
Ultimately, Stiglitz believes our choice is not between growth and fairness; with the right policies, we can choose both. His complaint is not so much about capitalism as such, but how twenty-first-century capitalism has been perverted. His is a call to confront America’s economic inequality as the political and moral issue that it is. If we reinvest in people and pursue the other policies that he describes, America can live up to the shared dream of a more prosperous, more equal society.