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America's Social Arsonist Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century

New Book About Legendary Organizer Fred Ross

Raised by conservative parents who hoped he would “stay with his own kind,” Fred Ross instead became one of the most influential community organizers in American history. His activism began alongside Dust Bowl migrants, where he managed the same labor camp that inspired John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. During World War II, Ross worked for the release of interned Japanese Americans, and after the war, he dedicated his life to building the political power of Latinos across California. Labor organizing in this country was forever changed when Ross knocked on the door of a young Cesar Chavez and encouraged him to become an organizer.

Until now there has been no biography of Fred Ross, a man who believed a good organizer was supposed to fade into the crowd as others stepped forward. In America’s Social Arsonist, Gabriel Thompson provides a full picture of this complicated and driven man, recovering a forgotten chapter of American history and providing vital lessons for organizers today.

 

For more information, and to purchase the book, visit https://gabrielthompson.org/

Promoting Community Change: Making It Happen in the Real World, 6th Edition

Mark S. Homan

 

Designed for students who want to move beyond the theoretical discussion of community and become effective agents of change, PROMOTING COMMUNITY CHANGE, 6th Edition addresses the real-world issues facing professionals in social work, human services, and community health. By emphasizing the role a strengthened community can play in preventing and solving the problems commonly experienced by individuals and families, the author gives students the tools they need to improve the lives of individual clients as well as entire communities. Students learn to identify the issues related to change so that they can bring clients, families, and other community members together to build a healthier community for themselves, their families, and their neighbors.

 

Instructors interested in review copies can request these at http://www.cengage.com/search/productOverview.do?N=16&Ntk=P_Isbn13&Ntt=9781305101944&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial#Overview.

New Strategies for Social Innovation: Market-Based Approaches for Assisting the Poor

Steven G. Anderson (2014, Columbia University Press)

http://www.cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-15922-7/new-strategies-for-social-innovation

Anyone who uses the promo code “ANDNEW” to buy the book from this site will receive a 30% discount off the price of the book. The book comparatively assesses social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, private sustainable development, and fair trade, and includes materials on the skills needed for practicing these approaches and the conditions conducive to their success.

Envisioning Sociology: Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and the Quest for Social Reconstruction

 

Scott, J. & Bromley, R. (2013)  Envisioning Sociology: Victor Branford, Patrick Geddes, and the Quest for Social Reconstruction.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press.  ISBN 978-1-4384-4731-5

This is the first major study of the founding movement of British sociology, centered on Victor Branford and Patrick Geddes, advocating a broad applied view of sociology as an omnibus discipline embracing the other social sciences and focusing on “social reconstruction” – creating a more peaceful, harmonious and egalitarian world based on cooperation, redistribution and federalism.  Although Branford and Geddes failed to establish the grand sociology they envisioned, their ideas helped develop the theory and practice of community development, participatory democracy, bioregionalism, historic preservation, and neighborhood upgrading.

 

Financial Capability and Asset Development: Research, Education, Policy, and Practice

Co-Editors:  Julie Birkenmaier, Margaret Sherraden, and Jami Curley

As financial issues are currently a major concern for families, scholars, and practitioners, students have increased their interest in knowledge and skills for practice that addresses finances. Unfortunately, social workers and other helping professionals often lack preparation, knowledge, and skills to tackle increasingly complex financial problems facing their clients. This volume fills a significant gap by assembling the latest evidence about financial education and financial capability in low-income households, and linking it to education, policy, and practice for helping professionals.

Financial capability, or the ability of people to understand and act in their best financial interest, includes financial knowledge or "financial literacy" and access to beneficial financial services. This volume builds on theoretical, research, policy, and program developments over the past two decades. This book develops the idea and presents evidence that financial capability has a viral role to play in social work research, education, policy, and practice. It examines recent work by scholars who are generating knowledge and understanding about the role of financial capability on individual, family, and community well-being. The volume also reviews initial efforts to build professional capacity in social work to address the financial issues of low- and moderate-income and other vulnerable households and develops an agenda for future research and education.

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