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KEY FEATURES: • Realistic cases with engaging fictional stories prepare students for the types of issues and situations they will confront in their social work careers. • A foundational section midway through each case provides critical background information needed to better understand relevant social issues so students are prepared to consider the dilemmas from an informed position. • Discussion questions challenge students to think critically about vital issues, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of competing solutions, explore policy alternatives, and grapple with realities such as the unintended consequences of any decision. • A critical analysis writing assignment accompanying each case requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the issue, take a stand on it, and back up their position with evidence from the case.

Understanding the Draw of Gangs, Consequences for Neighborhoods, and Determining an Effective Response: The North Side Crew
Chapter 8 understanding the draw of gangs, consequences for neighborhoods, and determining an effective response: the north side crew

Chandrika Greene dragged herself to the shower, drenched and exhausted after an extra grueling practice. As tired as she was, she loved those practices and felt like they gave her the stamina she needed during games. Plus, she had to admit, she enjoyed watching a couple of the players who smoked or had attitude have to suck for air. As she showered, she thought about the evening ahead. Her dad would have a hot meal ready when she got home that they would share before he headed off to ...

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