This introductory social work book provides both a theoretical and applied overview of the U.S. social welfare system, with international perspectives throughout. Other strengths include themes of empowerment theory and practice and an ecosystems framework. Part I is devoted to the history of social work in the U.S. as well as issues of economic oppression, social oppression, human rights, and restorative justice. Part II is devoted to social work across the life cycle.Van Wormer, Katherine S. is the author of 'Introduction To Social Welfare And Social Work The U.s. In Global Perspective', published 2006 under ISBN 9780534642822 and ISBN 0534642829.