Latino Small Businesses and the American Dream: Community Social Work Practice and Economic and Social Development by Melvin Delgado

Latino Small Businesses and the American Dream: Community Social Work Practice and Economic and…

byMelvin Delgado

Kobo ebook | August 16, 2011

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Latino small businesses provide social, economic, and cultural comfort within their communities. Social work practitioners hoping to address such needs, not only among Latinos but in all communities of color, have a vested interest in seeing these businesses grow. Latino small businesses are excellent facilitators of community capacity, a major component of effective social work practice. Reviewing the latest research on formal and informal economies within urban communities of color, this book lays the demographic foundations for a richer collaboration between theory and practice.

Citing numerous case studies, Melvin Delgado cements the link between indigenous small businesses and community well-being. Whether regulated or unregulated, these establishments hire from within and promote a path toward immigrant self-employment. Latino small businesses often provide jobs for those whose criminal and mental health backgrounds intimidate conventional businesses. Recently estimated to be the largest group of color to helm small businesses, Latino owners now number two million, with the amount expected to double within the next few years. Bridging the gap between understanding these institutions and the kind of practice that best enables social and economic improvement, Delgado explains how to identify and mobilize resources to better develop these businesses.
Melvin Delgado is professor and chair of the macro-practice specialty at the School of Social Work, Boston University. The author of nineteen books, including Social Work Practice with Latinos: A Cultural Assets Paradigm and Social Work Practice with Immigrant and Refugee Youth in the United States, his research focuses on community...
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Title:Latino Small Businesses and the American Dream: Community Social Work Practice and Economic and…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 16, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231521782

ISBN - 13:9780231521789

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Melvin Delgado provides a datadriven, theoretically-grounded foundation for the mobilization of Latino small businesses in social and economic development initiatives by social workers.