Leadership and Change in Human Services: Selected Readings from Wolf Wolfensberger

Leadership and Change in Human Services: Selected Readings from Wolf Wolfensberger

Leadership and Change in Human Services: Selected Readings from Wolf Wolfensberger

Leadership and Change in Human Services: Selected Readings from Wolf Wolfensberger

Synopsis

Wolf Wolfensberger has been a leading thinker, writer and motivator of change in human services for over forty years. In "Leadership and Change, David Race introduces the reader to Wolfensberger's ideas concerning devaluation, vulnerability, normalization, social role valorization and advocacy.

Excerpt

Writers find it difficult to keep their writings in a proper and objective perspective. This is why I am greatly indebted to David Race for the enormous amount of work he did of looking at about 335 of my publications printed over a span of 45 years. I am very pleased with the way he has exercised his judgment on how to stay within the publisher’s stipulation to keep the text to about 100,000 words, and yet include publications - or parts thereof - that might either still be of interest or relevance today, or that at least shed light upon the era in which they were produced.

Looking at the book overall it is clear that one could have read all the selections included in it, and more, over the years as separate items, either when they first came out or even later. But by having them organized in this way, by theme rather than chronologically, one can begin to see the body of work as a coherent whole rather than as its segmented parts.

Wolf Wolfensberger

Syracuse University

October 2002 . . .

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