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Diversity and Oppression: Target Populations

Target Populations

African Americans
The Mentally Ill
The Mentally Disabled
The Physically Disabled


African Americans

Some relevant subject keywords that you can use in the Library Catalog include:

African Americans Social Conditions
Discrimination in Employment United States History
Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950-1980.
Charles A. Murray. New York, Basic Books, 1984. Available?
Race, Poverty and Public Policy.
Mary Jo Bane. March 2005
"African Americans with Disabilities and the Social Security Administration's Return-to-Work Incentives,"
Reginald J. Alston. Journal of Disability Policy Studies 14(4), Spring 2004, 216-221.
Review of SSCI policies and the cultural variables specific to African Americans that may negate return-to-work incentives.
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" Race and American Social Policy,"
Jill Quadagno. National Forum 76(3), Summer 1996, 35-38.
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"Social Sources of Racial Disparities in Health,"
David R. Williams and Pamela Braboy Jackson. Health Affairs 24(2), March/April 2005, 325-334.
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Latino Encyclopedia.
Richard and Rafael Chabran, editors. New York, Marshall Cavendish, 1996. 6 vols.
More than 1900 entries ranging from several paragraphs to signed full-length articles with annotated bibliographies relating to the Latino experience in the United States.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E184 .S75L57 1996.
Chicano Database
c. 1960- . Index to some 130 journals, as well as books, book chapters, popular magazines, and newspapers relating to Chicanos/Chicanas and Mexican Americans. From 1992 forward, includes records for material on the broader Latino experience, including Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants.
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"Latino Interests in Education, Health, and Criminal Justice Policy,"
Valerie Martinez-Ebers et at. PS: Political Science and Politics 33(3), September 2000, 547-554.
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The Social Security Program and Reform: A Latino Perspective. June 2005
From the National Council of La Raza.
"Reflections on Latino Advocacy and Welfare Reform in New Jersey,"
Maria Josefa Canino-Arroyo. Centro Journal 15(1), Spring 2003, 176-195.



To find books on immigrants in the United States search The Library Catalog. Some relevant subject keywords include:

      Immigrants United States
      Immigrants United States Social Conditions

"Immigrant Policy: Issues for Social Work Practice,"
Yolanda C. Padilla. Social Work 42(6), November 1997, 595-606.
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Executive Summary: U.S. Immigration: A Legislative History
"Highlights the history of U.S. immigration legislation and the parallel rise and fall in numbers and changing ethnic makeup." From the Population Resource Center.
Historical Census Statistics on the Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 1850 to 1990
22 Detailed tables.
Immigration Debate: Politics, Ideologies of Anti-Immigration Forces.
Tom Barry. June 17, 2005.
An Interhemispheric Resource Center (IRC) Americas Program Special Report.


Queer (In)justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock. Boston, Beacon Press, 2011. Available?
Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America.
Edited by Mitchell Gold. Austin, TX., Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2008. Available?
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
Links from the National Association of Social Workers.

The Mentally Ill


To find books on the treatment of the mentally ill search the Rutgers Catalog Some relevant subject keywords include:

Mentally Ill Care United States
Mental Illness United States

"History of Mental Health Services,"
IN Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, Md., National Institute of Mental Health, 1999. Chapter 2, pp. 75; 78-80.
"The Transformation of the Mental Hospital in the United States,"
Gerald N. Grob. American Behavioral Scientist 28(5), May/June 1985, 639-654.
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The Mentally Disabled


To find books on the treatment of the mentally disabled search the Rutgers Catalog. Some relevant subject keywords include:

People with Mental Disabilities United States

"A Short History of the Treatment of Persons With Mental Retardation,"
David Goode. IN "And Now Let's Build a Better World": The Story of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children, New York City 1948-1998. New York, AHRC, 1998. Chapter 1, pp.6-17.

The Physically Disabled

Disability Harassment
Mark C. Weber. New York, New York University Press, 2007. Available?
Disabled Rights: American Disability Policy and the Fight for Equality.
Washington, D.C., Georgetown University Press, 2003. Available?
"Living Stigma: The Impact of Labeling, Stereotyping, Separation, Status Loss, and Discrimination in the Lives of Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families,"
Sara Green Sociological Inquiry 75(2), May 2005, 197-215.
"We examine the direct and vicarious impact of the social processes of felt and enacted stigma and their impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families."
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"Bias, Discrimination, and Obesity."
Rebecca Puhl and Kelly D. Brownell. Obesity Research 9(12), December, 2001.
"Reviews information on discriminatory attitudes and behaviors against obese individuals...Clear and consistent stigmatization, and in some cases discrimination, can be documented in three important areas of living: employment, education, and health care."
Symposium: The Social Construction of Disability: Historical, Contemporary, an Comparative Views: Disabled Veterans and Public Welfare Policy: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Western States in the Twentieth Century
Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems 11(1), Spring 2001, entire issue.
"War has probably been the most abiding cause of disability in human history, 1 eclipsed perhaps in recent centuries only by the grinding daily toll of industrial accidents."
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