The Black Power Movement and American Social Work by Joyce BellThe Black Power Movement and American Social Work by Joyce Bell

The Black Power Movement and American Social Work

byJoyce Bell

Hardcover | June 17, 2014

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The Black Power movement has often been portrayed in history and popular culture as the quintessential "bad boy" of modern black movement-making in America. Yet this impression misses the full extent of Black Power's contributions to U.S. society, especially in regard to black professionals in social work.

Relying on extensive archival research and oral history interviews, Joyce M. Bell follows two groups of black social workers in the 1960s and 1970s as they mobilized Black Power ideas, strategies, and tactics to change their national professional associations. Comparing black dissenters within the National Federation of Settlements (NFS), who fought for concessions from within their organization, and those within the National Conference on Social Welfare (NCSW), who ultimately adopted a separatist strategy, she shows how the Black Power influence was central to the creation and rise of black professional associations. She also provides a nuanced approach to studying race-based movements and offers a framework for understanding the role of social movements in shaping the non-state organizations of civil society.

Joyce M. Bell is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota, and her work is in the area of race and social movements.
Title:The Black Power Movement and American Social WorkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:June 17, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023116260X

ISBN - 13:9780231162609

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Jeffrey O. G. OgbarAcknowledgments1. Introduction: Race, Resistance, and the Civil Sphere2. Re-envisioning the Black Power Movement3. The Rise of the Black Power Professional4. "A Nice Social Tea Party": The Rocky Relationship Between Social Work and Black Liberation5. "We Stand Before You, Not as a Separatist Body": The Techni-Culture Movement to Gain Voice in the National Federation of Settlements6. "We'll Build Our Own Thing": The Exit Strategy of the National Association of Black Social Workers7. Exit and Voice in Intra-Organizational Social Movements8. Conclusion: Institutionalizing Black PowerAppendix 1: MethodsAppendix 2: Founding Dates of Black Professional AssociationsNotesReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

This study is a rich resource on both the development of Black professional organizations, as well as the influence of social movements in American society.