Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Book Reviews -- How to Organize Prevention: Political, Organizational, and Professional Challenges to Social Services Edited by Hans-Uwe Otto and Gary Flosser

Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Book Reviews -- How to Organize Prevention: Political, Organizational, and Professional Challenges to Social Services Edited by Hans-Uwe Otto and Gary Flosser

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OTTO, Hans-Uwe and Gaby FLOSSER, eds., HOW TO ORGANIZE PREVENTION: Political, Organizational, and Professional Challenges to Social Services. Hawthorne, NY: Walter de Gruyter, 1992, 424 pp, $ 84.00 US/DM 184,00 hardcover.

This edited volume is addressed to social workers, policy analysts and, to a lesser extent, evaluation researchers. Its thirty-five contributors participated in the international conference on the organization of prevention held in 1990 at Bielefeld University in Germany. Their common purpose was a self-conscious examination of the potential for prevention strategies at the socio-political level. The result is a book which is unusually diverse even for an edited volume. It contains cross-cultural perspectives from multidisciplinary authors approaching the topic of prevention from both applied and theoretical perspective based on contemporary and historical analyses. The analysis of the social policy potentials for the European Community is a detailed historical analysis occupying 45 pages while several authors have made commentaries on the issues raised by other contributors as short as 4 pages.

The five-part organization which the editors sought to impose on the twenty-five pieces is only partially successful in corraling the major subthemes covered. The third section entitled, "Professional Competence and Preventive Action," is perhaps the most successful in that all seven contributors consistently addressed the question of where to situate the social work profession in a healthy society. The pieces in this section identify a variety of issues involved in maintaining a balance in the social work profession between serving the individual and the state. They consider value assumptions in social work, the thorny issue of universal versus residual orientations, and the contradictions inherent in policies which support families without understanding the costs accruing to women for their performance of the caretaker role.

For those interested in actual policy developments in various countries which have incorporated preventive strategies, there are several articles which review programme implementation and social policy considerations in such areas as AIDS (Germany), general youth policies (the Netherlands), childhood health (the U. …

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