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Human Behavior Social Environment Case Study

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Alexander, Rudolph.

Human behavior in the social environment: a macro, national, and international perspective / Rudolph Alexander, Jr.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-1-4129-5080-0 (pbk.)

1. Social service. 2. Social problems. 3. Sociology. I. Title.

HV40.A534 2010

361—dc22 2009035664

This book is printed on acid-free paper.

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A timely revision in this global age, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Macro Level develops a sophisticated and original view of the cultural, global, spiritual, and natural worlds that people inhabit, and explores the impact of these worlds on human behavior. An ecosystems/sustainability framework emerges as a key characteristic of contemporary practice. What is sustainable social work? What are the characteristics of a sustainable community? How is the present exploitation of environmental resources unsustainable for future generations? In accordance with the 2015 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards, attention is paid to environmental justice as well as diversity and difference. Ultimately, this text will enhance the reader’s understanding of the inner workings of the broader social systems, prepare would-be change agents for roles in addressing systemic issues that are in need of change, and provide dynamic case studies and narrative descriptions that emphasize cultural strengths and individual and group resilience within a context of situational and social oppression.

New to the Third Edition:

  • A whole chapter devoted the social psychology of group behavior.
  • Many new boxed readings, photographs, and topic discussions (e.g., human rights, historical trauma, and trauma informed care).
  • A heightened emphasis on ecosystems as opposed to general systems models.
  • Attention to the core competencies of CSWE's 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.