Bibliographic Details

Encyclopedia of social welfare history in North America / editors, John M. Herrick, Paul H. Stuart.

Imprint Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, c2005.
Description xxiv, 534 p. ; 29 cm.
Language English
Subject Public welfare -- United States -- Encyclopedias.
Public welfare -- Canada -- Encyclopedias.
Public welfare -- Mexico -- Encyclopedias.
Social reformers -- United States -- Encyclopedias.
Social reformers -- Canada -- Encyclopedias.
Social reformers -- Mexico -- Encyclopedias.
Public welfare.
Social reformers.
United States.
Reference works.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
Other authors / contributors Herrick, John Middlemist.
Stuart, Paul H.
ISBN 0761925848 (cloth)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 489-512) and index.
Review by Choice Review

Herrick and Stuart's unique, groundbreaking work takes as its subject the origins and growth of social welfare in Canada, the US, and Mexico, lending the contents (written by scholars from all three nations) a distinctive perspective absent from other reference publications on welfare. Most rival publications review either chapters in comprehensive social science encyclopedias or single volumes focused on specific topics such as poverty and research methods, ignoring the historical dimension. Although the 180 articles follow the work's definition of social welfare to include "education, informal mutual assistance, the development of the social work profession, and voluntary charitable activities " as well as state-supported efforts, they explicitly omit social work practice and education from consideration. They note, when available, primary sources and their location, commentary, and selected recent works. Three appendixes offer guides to sources of information by country, a master bibliography of relevant literature, and chronologies of important dates in the historical development of each nation's welfare systems. All users will find the topical lists of articles in the "Reader's Guide" section valuable. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. College and university libraries supporting curricula in history, sociology, and political science. R. B. M. Ridinger Northern Illinois University

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