Lesbians, Gays, and the Empowerment Perspective (Empowering the Powerless: A Social Work) (Hardcover)

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The most comprehensive resource to date on the methods of empowerment with lesbian and gay clients, this book explores the history and politics of gay identity and explains the basis and development of the empowerment approach in social work practice in the United States. After analyzing the different types of homophobia (individual, institutional, and internalized) and how these are manifested in real life situations, Tully addresses the special needs and issues particular to three age groups: gay and lesbian youth, adults, and older clients.

The author offers practical applications for the social worker and client at the micro-, mezzo-, and macro-levels, from helping a teenage client to discover a personal sexual orientation (micro), to organizing a social event for lesbians and gays (mezzo), to building a community coalition (macro). Eye-opening case studies are provided for each age group and cover everything from defining problems, identifying the underlying issues causing them, understanding the role of homophobia, and the application of the empowerment perspective.

About the Author

Carol T. Tully is an associate professor of social work at the School of Social Work at Tulane University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780231109581
ISBN-10: 023110958X
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2000
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Empowering the Powerless: A Social Work