We the People: Social Protest Movements and the Shaping of American Democracy uses a historical and a contemporary focus to demonstrate the integral role that social protest movements play in challenging social and structural inequality along the intersecting axis of identity politics, socioeconomic status and ability, and why social protest movements should matter to social workers.
The book examines how social protest movements influence progressive social policy and elucidates the social conditions that give rise to protest, how protest creates social movements, and the functions and goals of social protest movements. By exploring various theoretical perspectives, it brings both a historical and a contemporary lens to the examination of social protest movements and elucidates the critical role that social protest movements play in American democracy.
With a discussion of emerging trends and the future of social protest movements, We the People explains and offers strategies for both students and social workers to develop the skills to think critically and take part in social protest movements as policy practitioners.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Preface List of Figures List of Photographs 1. Social Protest Movements and American Democracy 2. Theoretical Perspectives of Social Protest Movements 3. Types of Social Protest Movements 4. Stages of Social Protest Movements 5. What Makes A Successful Social Protest Movement? 6. Social Work Practice and Social Protest Movement Participation 7. Where Social Protest and Social Work Meet 8. Emerging Trends and The Future of Social Protest Movements Appendix
Bryan Warde is Associate Professor in the Social Work Program at Lehman College of the City University of New York. He has served as a faculty member for the Social Work Education Consortium, a formal partnership between the Office of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Training, the New York State Dean’s Association, the social work education community, and local social services designed to impact the child welfare workforce. Dr. Warde is also the author of Inequality in U.S. Social Policy: A Historical Perspective (2016).
Dr. Bryan Warde has not just written a social policy book, he has reminded us all of social work’s roots in advocacy and, when necessary, protest. With pertinent case examples, he explores how social protest movements have shaped America and that we as social workers must be in the forefront fighting for justice and equality. A remarkable book for students, practitioners, and academics.
Carl Mazza, Chair of the Social Work Department at Lehman College