Home » Century Past » Century Past Library » Social Problems

Social Policy – Social Services – Poverty & Homelessness – Philanthropy

Social policy, Social Policy in the U.S., Free online books, Books about Sexual Assault, life in the slums, Poverty & homelessness, Sexual abuse, Violence, Philanthropy and charity, Social services, Welfare.

Poverty, Homelessness & Violence

Social Services & Welfare


Hint: When a book you want at Internet Archive is already checked out, go to the Internet Archive’s ‘Search’ box, check “Search Metadata”, and search for the book’s title. Sometimes they have two or more copies.


Poverty, Homelessness & Violence

Poverty Collection

About 2,800 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Poverty”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Poverty, World Poverty, Fighting Poverty, Inner-City Poverty, Psychological factors in Poverty, Poverty in Canada, Rural Poverty in America, Poverty and the Homeless, Poverty and Economic Issues, Trade Policy and Global Poverty, Women Work and Poverty, The Politics of Poverty, Poverty and Affluence, Land Power and Poverty, many more eBooks on Poverty.

Homelessness Collection

About 130 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Homelessness”. Some books: The Fight Against Homelessness, Homelessness in America, Poverty and the Homeless, The Politics of Ending Homelessness, Homelessness in Global Perspective, Homelessness in Canada: a selective bibliography, 54 Ways You can Help the Homeless, Girls’ Guide to Homelessness, many more eBooks on Homelessness.

Children of Crisis: A Study of Courage and Fear

Coles, Robert
Little, Brown 1977 Dewey Dec. 305.23

“Selections of Coles’ social study of “African American children caught in the throes of the South’s racial integration; the young children of impoverished sharecroppers, migrant workers, and mountaineers in Appalachia; children whose families were transformed by the migration from South to North, from rural to urban communities … ” – Publisher

Rachel and her Children: Homeless Families in America

Kozol, Jonathan
Crown 1988 Dewey Dec. 362.5

There is no safety net for the millions of heartbroken refugees from the American Dream, scattered helplessly in any city you can name. RACHEL AND HER CHILDREN is an unforgettable record for humanity, of the desperate voices of the men, women, and especially children, and their hourly struggle for survival, homeless in America.

Friendly Visiting Among the Poor

Richmond, Mary E.
Macmillan 1899 Dewey Dec. 362.5

Tells how to become acquainted with the poor, how to make the best of a sorry situation, how to spend and save, how to preserve health. Directions are clearly stated and the spirit of the book tends to earnest and effective action. Bibliographies.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

The Battle with the Slum

Riis, Jacob A.
Macmillan 1900 Dewey Dec. 362.5

Much enlarged, illustrated edition of his Ten years’ war (1900)
An intimately personal account of the conditions which prevailed in the tenement house districts, and of what has been done, and against what odds, to purge the city.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

The Children of the Poor

Riis, Jacob A.
Scribner 1902 Dewey Dec. 362.5

Supplements his How the other half lives. Bases statements on close observation of life in New York slums and interprets facts with unfailing sympathy.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

How the Other Half Lives; Studies Among the Tenements of New York

Riis, Jacob A.
Scribner 1903 Dewey Dec. 362.5

Written while Associated press reporter at police headquarters.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Poor People

Vollmann, William T.
Ecco 2007 Dewey Dec. 362.5

These are just some of the answers to the simple yet groundbreaking question William T. Vollmann asks in cities and villages around the globe: “Why are you poor?” In the tradition of James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Vollmann’s Poor People struggles to confront poverty in all its hopelessness and brutality, its pride and abject fear, its fierce misery and its quiet resignation. Poor People allows the poor to speak for themselves, explaining the causes and consequences of their impoverishment in their own cultural, social, and religious terms.
The result of Vollmann’s fearless journey is a look at poverty unlike any other. Complete with more than 100 powerfully affecting photographs—taken of the interviewees by the author himself—this series of vignettes and searing insights represents a tremendous step toward an understanding of this age-old social ill. With intense compassion and a scrupulously unpatronizing eye, Vollmann invites his readers to recognize in our fellow human beings their full dignity, fallibility, pride, and pain, and the power of their hard-fought resilience.

Differences that Matter: Social Policy and the Working Poor in the United States and Canada

Zuberi, Dan
Cornell University 2006 Dewey Dec. 362.5

This book shines a spotlight on the causes and consequences of working poverty, revealing how the lives of low-wage workers are affected by differences in health care, labor, and social welfare policy in the United States and Canada. Dan Zuberi’s conclusions are based on survey data, eighteen months of participant observation fieldwork, and in-depth interviews with seventy-seven hotel employees working in parallel jobs on both sides of the border. Two hotel chains, each with one union and one non-union hotel in Seattle and Vancouver, provide a vivid crossnational comparison because they are similar in so many regards, the one major exception being government policy.
Zuberi demonstrates how labor, health, social welfare, and public investment policy affect these hotel workers and their families. His book challenges the myth that globalization necessarily means hospitality jobs must be insecure and pay poverty wages and makes clear the critical role played by government policy in the reduction of poverty and creation of economic equality. Zuberi shows exactly where and how the social policies that distinguish the Canadian welfare state from the U.S. version make a difference in protecting Canadian workers from the hardships that burden low-wage workers in the United States. Differences That Matter, which is filled with first-person accounts, ends with policy recommendations and a call for grassroots community organizing.

Sexual Abuse Collection

Over 1,000 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Sexual Abuse”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Sexual Abuse and Incest, Child Sexual Abuse, Social Work and Child Sexual Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church, Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Helping Victims of Sexual Abuse, The Sexual Abuse Industry, Handbook of Clinical Intervention in Child Sexual Abuse, The Sexual Abuse of Women by Members of the Clergy, How it Feels to Heal from Sexual Abuse, many more eBooks on Sexual Abuse.

Violence Collection

About 5,300 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Violence”. Some books: Family Violence, Gun Violence, School Violence, Sports Violence, Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Political Violence, Ethnic Violence, Date Violence, Dimensions of Television Violence, Violence in the Media, Prison Violence in America, Masculinities Violence and Culture, Children Violence and Murder, Counseling Victims of Violence, Violence and Drugs, Violence against Women, Gandhi on non-Violence, many more eBooks on Violence.

Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America

Canada, Geoffrey
Beacon 1995 Dewey Dec. 305.23

“A classic coming-of-age memoir that examines urban youth violence and its causes Long before U.S. News and World Report named him one of America’s Best Leaders and Oprah Winfrey called him “an angel from God,” Geoffrey Canada was a vulnerable, scared boy growing up in the South Bronx. Canada’s world was one where “sidewalk” boys learned the codes of the block and were ranked through the rituals of fist, stick, and knife. Then the streets changed, and the stakes got even higher. Canada relives a childhood in which violence stalked every street corner.” -Publisher

The Batterer: A Psychological Profile

Dutton, Donald G. and Golant, Susan K.
Basic 1995 Dewey Dec. 362.8

What kind of man deliberately hurts the woman he loves? Drawing on his pathbreaking studies of more than seven hundred abusive men, as well as therapy with hundreds more, Dutton paints a dramatic and surprising portrait of the man who assaults his intimate partner.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Kristof, Nicholas D. and WuDunn, Sheryl
NY: Scribner’s Sons 2009 Dewey Dec. 362.8

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.
With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.
They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.
Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part.

Rape and Society: Readings on the Problem of Sexual Assault

Searles, Patricia and Berger, Ronald J.
Westview 1995 Dewey Dec. 362.8

“Provides a comprehensive treatment of the subject, drawing on writers and researchers from across a range of social and behavioral sciences and the humanities and representing the experiences of women of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles… an essential resource for academics and professionals and for anyone wanting to come to grips with the magnitude of the problem of sexual violence.” -Publisher

Lucky

Sebold, Alice
Back Bay 2002 Dewey Dec. 362.8

In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold’s indomitable spirit – as she struggles for understanding (“After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes”); as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker’s arrest and conviction. In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring.
Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: “You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

Simmons, Rachel
Harcourt 2003 Dewey Dec. 305.23

When boys act out, get into fights, or become physically aggressive, we can’t avoid noticing their bad behavior. But it is easy to miss the subtle signs of aggression in girls–the dirty looks, the taunting notes, or the exclusion from the group-that send girls home crying. In Odd girl out, Rachel Simmons focuses on these interactions and provides language for the indirect aggression that runs through the lives and friendships of girls. These exchanges take place within intimate circles–the importance of friends and the fear of losing them is key. Without the cultural consent to express their anger or to resolve their conflicts, girls express their aggression in covert but damaging ways. Every generation of women can tell stories of being bullied, but Odd girl out explores and explains these experiences for the first time. Journalist Rachel Simmons sheds light on destructive patterns that need our attention. With advice for girls, parents, teachers, and even school administrators, Odd girl out is a groundbreaking work that every woman will agree is long overdue.

Contents: The hidden culture of aggression in girls — Intimate enemies — The truth hurts — She’s all that — The bully in the mirror — Popular — Resistance — Parents and teachers — The road ahead.

Encyclopedia of Rape

Smith, Merrill D.
Greenwood 2004 Dewey Dec. 362.8

“The Encyclopedia of Rape offers 185 entries in an A-to-Z essay format covering the historical scope and magnitude of the issue in the United States and globally. Written by a host of scholars from diverse fields, it provides informed perspectives on the key dimensions of the topic, from concepts, social movements, offenders, high-profile cases, legislation, influential activists, landmark texts, and victimology to representations in literature and art.” – Publisher


Social Services & Welfare

Philanthropy Collection

About 240 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Philanthropy”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: American philanthropy, Voluntary Action for the Public Good, International Business Philanthropy, Texan Philanthropy, The Gift of Education, Effective Philanthropy: organizational success, The International Foundation Perspective, Women and Philanthropy in 19th century England, many more eBooks on Philanthropy.

Philanthropy and Social Progress; Seven Essays by Miss Jane Addams, Robert A. Woods, Father J.O.S. Huntington, Professor Franklin H. Giddings and Bernard Bosanquet

Addams, Jane et al.
Crowell 1893 Dewey Dec. 361

with introduction by Henry C. Adams. Essays on social settlements, principles and dangers of charity administration, philanthropy and morality, etc. Practical and stimulating.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

The Literature of Philanthropy

Goodale, Frances A., ed.
NY: Harper 1893 Dewey Dec. 361

“A woman [from the State of New York] of eminent success in each department has then been asked to make a collection of representative work [periodical literature] in that department; to include in it an example of her own work … ” – from the Introduction. Chapter headings:- The Literature of Philanthropy, – Criminal Reform, – Tenement Neighborhood Idea, – Tenement Neighborhood Idea – University Settlement, – Tenement Neighborhood Idea – Medical Women in Tenements, – The Trained Nurse, – The Society of the Red Cross, – The Indian, – The Indian – A Woman Among the Indians, – The Antislavery Struggle, – The Antislavery Legacy, – The Negro and Civilization, – The Education of the Blind

The Divided Welfare State: The Battle Over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States

Hacker, Jacob S.
Cambridge University 2002 Dewey Dec. 361

The Divided Welfare State is the first comprehensive political analysis of America’s distinctive system of public and private social benefits. Everyone knows that the American welfare state is unusual–less expensive and extensive, later to develop and slower to grow, than comparable programs abroad. Yet, U.S. social policy does not stand out solely for its limits. American social spending is actually as high as spending is in many European nations. What is truly distinctive is that so many social welfare duties are handled not by the state, but by the private sector with government support. With sweeping historical reach and a wealth of statistical and cross-national evidence, The Divided Welfare State demonstrates that private social benefits have not merely been shaped by public policy, but have deeply influenced the politics of public social programs–to produce a social policy framework whose political and social effects are strikingly different than often assumed. At a time of fierce new debates about social policy, this book is essential to understanding the roots of America’s distinctive model and its future possibilities.

Hands to Work: The Stories of Three Families Racing the Welfare Clock

Hancock, LynNell
Morrow 2002 Dewey Dec. 361.6

In this illuminating examination of our national welfare policy, award-winning veteran reporter and writer LynNell Hancock offers an intimate, heart-wrenching, and beautifully rendered portrait of three women and their families as they struggle to find their way through the new rules and regulations of the public assistance system.
Hands to Work takes us on a journey within the day-to-day struggles of these women, describing their hopes, regrets, and deepest dreams. Hancock demystifies contemporary misconceptions of poverty and illustrates how welfare policy and reform have been conceived, offering a thought-provoking look at the most divisive questions about America’s neediest citizens.

Introduction to the Study of the Dependent, Defective, and Delinquent Classes, and of their Social Treatment

Henderson, C. R.
Heath 1901 Dewey Dec. 360

Appendix containing suggestions, references, etc., p. 349-94.
Compendious, suggestive and enlightening. Altogether the best book of its kind either for general reading or for classroom work.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America

Herrick, John M. and Stuart, Paul H.
Sage 2005 Dewey Dec. 362

The Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America is a unique reference book that provides readers with basic information about the history of social welfare in North America, including Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Since many themes and issues are similar in the three nations, entries provide comparative information about common as well as distinctive concerns and developments. Significant events, influential people, legislation, social problems, and societal responses are described in detail. Editors include specialists in the social welfare history of each nation, and they have collaborated with scholars from a variety of academic disciplines to prepare entries of varying length addressing these issues. Included in each entry are suggestions for further reading that will guide readers to the rich resources available for learning about the history of North American social welfare. The Encyclopedia also provides cross-references for important topics.

Social Services in the United States: Policies and Programs

Kamerman, Sheila B and Kahn, Alfred J.
Temple University 1976 Dewey Dec. 361

The Price of Citizenship: Redefining America’s Welfare State

Katz, Michael B.
Holt 2002 Dewey Dec. 361.6

The culmination of twenty years of research and writing, The Price of Citizenship traces the evolution of the welfare state from colonial relief programs to the war on poverty to our own age of “compassionate conservatism.” Historian Michael B. Katz argues that in the last decades three great forces – a ferocious war on dependence; the devolution of authority from the federal government to the states; and the application of market models to social policy – have affected every element of the social contract and redefined both Republican and Democratic policy and rhetoric. Katz shows how these changes are propelling America toward a future of increased inequality and decreased security, while transforming citizenship from a right of birth to a privilege reserved for the fully employed.

Constructive and Preventive Philanthropy

Lee, Joseph
Macmillan 1902 Dewey Dec. 361

Considers libraries, savings and loan associations, building laws, protection of homes, home industries, vacation schools, playgrounds, baths, clubs, industrial training, medical inspection, etc. Bibliographic notes.
– – A.L.A.Catalog 1904

Social Services Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Social Services”. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: Handbooks of the Social Services, Lesbian Social Services: research issues, Consumers and Social Services, Social Work and Geriatric Services, Public Health Preventive Medicine and Social Services, Poverty and Social Casework Services, Social Work Services in Schools, The Politics of Social Services, Into to Human Services Management, many more eBooks on Social Services.

Social Work Collection

About 700 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Social Work. Some books: Clinical Social Work: an integrated approach, Psychiatric Social Work, Encyclopedia of Social Work, Helping Troubled Families, Psychology in Community Settings, Working with Children and Families Affected by Substance Abuse, Behavioral Social Work, Social Work and Mental Health, many more eBooks on Social Work.

Public Welfare Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Public Welfare”. Some books: Poverty and Society, Remaking the Welfare State, Mass Society and the Extension of Welfare, Social Security in the British Commonwealth, Welfare Reforms, The Wasted Americans, Government and Social Welfare, Comparative Welfare Reforms, Social Welfare in China, The “Deserving Poor”, many more eBooks on Public Welfare.

Child Abuse Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Child Abuse”. Some books: It Shouldn’t Hurt to Be a Child, The Story of Child Abuse, Public Hearing on Child Abuse, The Battered Child, Suffer the Little Ones, The Encyclopedia of Child Abuse, Techniques for Dealing with Child Abuse, Breaking Down the Wall of Silence, You and Violence in Your Family, many more eBooks on Child abuse.

Child Abuse

Almond, Lucinda
Greenhaven 2006 Dewey Dec. 362.7

This anthology series covers today’s most current national and international issues and contains the most important opinions of the past and present. The purpose of the series is to introduce the reader to all sides of contemporary controversies in an objective and comprehensive way. Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of primary sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields; the authors represent leading conservative, liberal, and centrist views.

What Works in Child Welfare

Kluger, Miriam P., Alexander, Gina, and Curtis, Patrick A., eds.
Child Welfare League of America 2001 Dewey Dec. 362.7

The book is divided into six major sections: family preservations and support services, child protective services, out-of-home care, adoption, child care, and services for adolescents. Each section contains information [from a variety of authors] on what works, conflicting evidence, cost effectiveness, and a summary table.

Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation

Kozol, Jonathan
Crown 1995 Dewey Dec. 362.7

The children in this book defy the stereotypes of urban youth too frequently presented by the media. Tender, generous and often religiously devout, they speak with eloquence and honesty about the poverty and racial isolation that have wounded but not hardened them.
The book does not romanticize or soften the effects of violence and sickness. One fourth of the child-bearing women in the neighborhoods where these children live test positive for HIV. Pediatric AIDs, life-consuming fires and gang rivalries take a high toll. Several children die during the year in which this narrative takes place.
A gently written work, Amazing Grace asks questions that are at once political and theological. What is the value of a child’s life? What exactly do we plan to do with those whom we appear to have defined as economically and humanly superfluous? How cold — how cruel, how tough — do we dare be?

Wasted: The Plight of America’s Unwanted Children

Murphy, Patrick T.
Ivan R. Dee 1997 Dewey Dec. 362.7

This is a book about how a system designed to help children is instead helping to destroy them. By trying to preserve families, Patrick Murphy charges, the child welfare system is too often placing children in danger. State agencies and the courts are stuck in hundred-year-old realities and the politics of the 1960s and the 1970s. As the Public Guardian of Cook County, Illinois (an office unique in the United States), Mr. Murphy for almost thirty years has represented abused and neglected children in court cases at every level of the state and federal judiciary, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has labored in the trenches of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems – “looking after the fish, not the fishermen,” as he likes to say. In other words, worrying about the children.

Social Workers’ Guide to the Serial Publications of Representative Social Agencies

Rushmore, Elsie Mitchell, ed.
Russell Sage 1921 Dewey Dec. 016.3

About 4000 publications received by the Russell Sage foundation are listed and also grouped by subject.