Saturday, February 7, 2009

Rightward Bound or Understanding Generalist Practice

Rightward Bound: Making America Conservative in The 1970s

Author: Bruce J Schulman

Often considered a lost decade, a pause between the liberal Sixties and Reagan’s Eighties, the 1970s were indeed a watershed era when the forces of a conservative counter-revolution cohered. These years marked a significant moral and cultural turning point in which the conservative movement became the motive force driving politics for the ensuing three decades.

Interpreting the movement as more than a backlash against the rampant liberalization of American culture, racial conflict, the Vietnam War, and Watergate, these provocative and innovative essays look below the surface, discovering the tectonic shifts that paved the way for Reagan’s America. They reveal strains at the heart of the liberal coalition, resulting from struggles over jobs, taxes, and neighborhood reconstruction, while also investigating how the deindustrialization of northern cities, the rise of the suburbs, and the migration of people and capital to the Sunbelt helped conservatism gain momentum in the twentieth century. They demonstrate how the forces of the right coalesced in the 1970s and became, through the efforts of grassroots activists and political elites, a movement to reshape American values and policies.

A penetrating and provocative portrait of a critical decade in American history, Rightward Bound illuminates the seeds of both the successes and the failures of the conservative revolution. It helps us understand how, despite conservatism’s rise, persistent tensions remain today between its political power and the achievements of twentieth-century liberalism.

What People Are Saying

Nelson Lichtenstein
A new generation of American historians demonstrates that the decade of the 1970s proved the crucial seed time for the rise of modern American conservatism. There was nothing inevitable about the nation's march to the right, which makes this book all the more fascinating and necessary for those who want to understand twenty-first century America. --(Nelson Lichtenstein, author of Wal-Mart: The Face of Twenty-First-Century America)

Gary Gerstle
Rightward Bound is the most comprehensive and incisive history to date of the conservative mobilization that surged through and transformed the United States in the 1970s. It will prove essential reading for anyone seeking to understand conservative ideologies, institutions, and organizing strategies as well as the complexities of politics and culture in late twentieth-century America. --(Gary Gerstle, Vanderbilt University)

Laura Kalman
Rightward Bound brilliantly demonstrates how American conservatism emerged as a full-blown movement in the 1970s and, in the process, created the United States of the twenty-first century. It is a wonderful book! --(Laura Kalman, University of California, Santa Barbara)

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction   Bruce J. Schulman   Julian E. Zelizer     1
Mobilizing the Movement
Inventing Family Values   Matthew D. Lassiter     13
The Evangelical Resurgence in 1970s American Protestantism   Paul Boyer     29
Make Payroll, Not War: Business Culture as Youth Culture   Bethany E. Moreton     52
Gender and America's Right Turn   Marjorie J. Spruill     71
Civil Rights and the Religious Right   Joseph Crespino     90
The Decade of the Neighborhood   Suleiman Osman     106
Cultural Politics and the Singer/Songwriters of the 1970s   Bradford Martin     128
Financing the Counterrevolution   Alice O'Connor     148
The Battle Over Policies and Politics
The White Ethnic Strategy   Thomas J. Sugrue   John D. Skrentny     171
The Conservative Struggle and the Energy Crisis   Meg Jacobs     193
Turnabout Years: Public Sector Unionism and the Fiscal Crisis   Joseph A. McCartin     210
Detente and Its Discontents   Jeremi Suri     227
Carter's Nicaragua and Other Democratic Quagmires   Derek N. Buckaloo     246
Conservatives, Carter, and the Politics of National Security   Julian E. Zelizer     265
Epilogue   Bruce J. Schulman   Julian E. Zelizer     289
Notes     295
List of Contributors     349
Index     351

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Understanding Generalist Practice

Author: Karen K Kirst Ashman

Organized around the authors' coherent and cohesive Generalist Intervention Model, this introductory guide to generalist social work practice gives you the knowledge and skills needed to work with individuals and families, as well as the foundation knowledge from a generalist perspective to work with groups, communities, and organizations. The authors fully explore the interrelationship between micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social work practice. This edition reflects the latest Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards with empowerment and strengths perspectives for partnering with clients.


New edition of a text that provides a framework for social work students to view the world from a generalist perspective. Emphasizing a core of micro-skills, Kirst-Ashman (U. of Wisconsin-Whitewater) and Hull (U. of Utah) present 16 chapters that discuss relationship- building, interviewing, and problem-solving abilities necessary for working with individual clients. They also orient students to think not only in terms of individual needs but also of group and community needs. New focus points include cultural competency, empowerment of people with disabilities, interviewing children in the context of abuse, updated information on substance abuse, and confidentiality with respect to electronic record-keeping. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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