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Best New Titles: Social Welfare

Discover some of our subject librarians' favorite new titles in our "Best New Titles" series. Each week you will find a variety of selected titles from our New Books display that are specific to one subject area. This week, we focus on Elaine Lasda Bergman's picks for Social Welfare.

Black Single Mothers and the Child Welfare System

In Black Single Mothers and the Child Welfare System, Brooks examines the pressures, hardships, and oppression women of color face in the child welfare system and how this affects social workers who investigate child abuse and neglect. Readers will find a historical narrative of the issues while Brooks defines the four interrelated facets of oppression and provides new methods of addressing the issue.

  • Brooks, B. (2016). Black single mothers and the child welfare system: A guide for social workers on addressing oppression. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
    Dewey Library / HV1445 .B76 2016

SNAP Matters

The editors of SNAP Matters provide explanations and background to the history of Food Stamps, why "So Many Americans [are] On Food Stamps," and the program's connections with obesity, poverty, and food insecurity. The volume encourages policymakers, students, and researchers to continue examining this "major pillar" of social assistance in America.

  • Bartfeld, J., Gunderson, C., Smeeding, T.M., & Ziliak, J.P. (Eds.). (2016). SNAP matters: How food stamps affect health and well-being. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
    Dewey Library / HV696.F6 S63 2016

Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago

In Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, Klinenberg explores why so many elderly, poor, and isolated people died as a result of the 1995 Chicago heat wave while identifying the social and political failures that made the heat wave so deadly. This new edition explains how, in the coming decades, the effects of climate change will intensify the social and environmental pressures in urban areas.

Self and Meaning in the Lives of Older People

Self and Meaning in the Lives of Older People is the result of a longitudinal study that began over 35 years ago. This book examines both the psychological and the social resources needed to flourish in later life and will thus be of particular interest to MSW students focusing on Gerontology.

  • Coleman, P.G., Ivani-Chalian, C., & Robinson, M. (2015). Self and meaning in the lives of older people: Case studies over twenty years. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
    Dewey Library / HQ1061 .C58 2015

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Elaine Lasda Bergman, at (518) 442-3695 or elasdabergman@albany.edu. Appointments available - or drop in during weekly Social Welfare office hours from 4-7pm on Wednesdays.

Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
Image Credit: Mark Schmidt

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