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Social Work Practice: A Response to the Urban Crisis

reviewed by Maxine Greene - 1971

coverTitle: Social Work Practice: A Response to the Urban Crisis
Author(s): Carol H. Meyer
Publisher: Free Press, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 227, Year: 1970
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This book about social work practice in the modern city holds a startling relevance for the educator in the city schools. There are obvious differences between the social work and the teaching professions; but both are caught up in the process of reconceptualizing themselves in the face of crisis, and both are concerned with the survival of individuals in an increasingly impersonal, technological world. Carol Meyer's radical approach to the individualization of practice provides an opportunity for those of us in education to view our own situation from an altered vantage point, through what Dr. Meyer calls a "transactional lens." To look at familiar phenomena from a new perspective is to find that new aspects and dimensions are disclosed. Educators are familiar (from their reading of John Dewey) with the notion of transaction; but they normally think of it as a process of interchange between "individual" and "environment." This author speaks of "a system of interweaving forces" and "the individual in his several social roles, interacting... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 3, 1971, p. 453-455
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1709, Date Accessed: 6/12/2021 8:04:41 AM

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    Teachers College, Columbia University

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