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Advocacy, Activism, and the Internet

Community Organization and Social Policy

Edited by Steven Hick and John McNutt

Publication Date - 01 July 2002

ISBN: 9780190615758

256 pages
6 x 8.8 inches


This groundbreaking new book illustrates how the internet and other electronic resources are currently affecting social work practice. Rapidly emerging technologies have facilitated economic globalization and created a host of new issues for social workers to address. At the same time these technologies have become key tools for social activism and advocacy. Practitioners must understand the changes in social policy advocacy and community activism that these technological advances bring and learn to formulate new skills to utilize them to their advantage. Advocacy, Activism, and the Internet discusses the use of the internet as a tool for instigating social change at the local, state, national, and international levels. The authors show how technology affects social work practice directly through new methods and indirectly by affecting the communities that practitioners serve. It provides channels for e-advocacy as well as a thorough exploration of the major theoretical, practice, and research perspectives that inform electronic activism. This book solidly integrates new on-line advocacy skills with traditional methods and unites research on internet communities with macro social work theory.


  • Provides latest scholarship from eighteen international authorities
  • Utilizes cutting edge research and practice materials
  • Addresses current social issues such as the digital divide, the information economy, and globalization
  • Discusses nonprofit issues in advocacy
  • Helps students draw connections between macropractice and social movements via the internet

About the Author(s)

Steven Hick is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Carleton University. His published books include Land Our Life: a Study of the Struggle for Agrarian Reform in the Philippines (1987), Human rights and the Internet (2000), and Social Work in Canada: An Introduction (2002).

John McNutt is a professor of Urban Affairs at the University of Delaware. His research is in the area of advocacy and activism on the Internet, and he has previously edited The Global Environmental Crisis: Implications for Social Welfare and Social Work (1994). He has also written Generalist Practice in Larger Settings: Knowledge and Skill Concepts and Social Policy Analysis and Practice, both published by Lyceum Books.

Table of Contents

    Foreword: The Internet, Society and Activism
    Chapter 1 Communities and Advocacy on the Internet: A Conceptual Framework
    Part 1 Community Organizing and Advocacy and the Internet: An Introduction
    Chapter 2 Social Work Advocacy and the Internet: Research Findings and Future Directions
    Chapter 3 Can You Have Community On the Net?
    Chapter 4 Public Policy, Technology, and the Nonprofit Sector: Notes from the Field
    Chapter 5 The Role of The Internet in Educating Social Work Practitioners as Online Advocates
    Part 2: Organizing for Social Change
    Chapter 6 Organizing for Social Change: Online and Traditional Community Practice
    Chapter 7 NetActivism 2001: How citizens Use the Internet
    Chapter 8 Environmental Activism on the Internet
    Chapter 9 Organizing Women of Color Online
    Chapter 10 Dial Up Networking for Debt Cancellation and Development: A Case Study of Jubilee 2000
    Chapter 11 Online Collaboration, Information and the Resourceful Community
    Chapter 12 Technology-based Groups and Flash Campaigns
    Part 3 Social Policy and Community in an Information Society: Implications for Advocacy and Organizing
    Chapter 13 Social Policy Advocacy in Cyberspace
    Chapter 14 Social Policy and Social Change in the Post-industrial Society
    Chapter 15 Tele-democracy: Re-inventing Governance for Social Welfare
    Chapter 16 Inequality and the Digital Divide: Myths and Realities
    Chapter 17 The Global Information Divide and Online Organizing for International Development
    Chapter 18 Cyberadvocacy as Social Work Practice: The Continuing Challenge to Reinvent the Profession

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