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From Exclusion to Reciprocity


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Preface Introduction Part I: My Origins I.1. The Beginning of Life: Six Weeks in a Hospital I.2. A Father to Follow I.3. The Ways of my Mother Part II: Formative Years 1933-1955: From an Immigrant in Palestine to a Citizen of Israel II.1. My Beginnings in Palestine II.2. Moving on: Training for Social Work in Post-War London II.3. My First Assignment: When the Army is a Place for more than just Waging War II.4. Well-Baby Centers in Jerusalem: Being there at the Beginnings Part III: Six Years in Chicago: "Unleashing Hidden Potential" for Learning the Craft of Social Work Introduction: Learning the Craft of Social Work from the Past and for the Future III.1. On Becoming the Social Worker I became at the School of Social Service Administration in Chicago III.2. To Be a Social Worker One Needs to Overcome the "Strangeness between Helper and Client" III.3. To Serve the Excluded in our Midst Requires the "Invention of Interventions" III.4. When an Outsider who Belongs Initiates Moves Beyond Exclusion III.5. Serving the Individual and the Collective: An Unresolvable Dilemma that Leads to Learning III.6. On Psychoanalysis and Social Work as the Key for Introducing Personal and Professional Reciprocity in the Present and thus for the Future Part IV: On Trails towards "Learning from Success": Seven Examples Introduction: Seven Pursuits which in Retrospect was an Unexpected Precursor of "Learning from Success" IV.1. Training of Air Force Pilots in Israel (1954-55): How to Put an End to Excessive Flunking of Cadets IV.2. Serving Families of Sailors in the Israeli Merchant Marine, 1964 IV.3. The Unpredicted Mobility of Boys from a Low-Income Community: Which Patterns of Parenting Made their Resilience Possible? IV.4. When a Crisis is an Opportunity: What Enabled New York Families whose Homes Burned down to Achieve a Better Life IV.5. On Forced Evacuations: From Sinai (1982) and then the Gaza Strip (2005) IV.6. "To Be a 'Good Enough' Parent": How Nurses in Well-Baby Centers in Israel Implement a Learning Program Addressing Early Childhood Neglect if not Abuse IV.7. "Out from Under": A First Study on "Learning from Success of Organizations Serving Socially Deprived Families in Israel" Part V: Moving beyond Exclusion Means Initiating and Introducing Reciprocity V.1. On the Move from Exclusion to Reciprocity and how to Facilitate it V.2. On the Learning of Practices that Facilitate the Move from Exclusion to Reciprocity PART VI: The Evolving of Reciprocity: The Long Journey of Chaim who Survived the Holocaust at the Age of Three Part VII: My Acquaintance with ATD the Fourth World Movement: Where the Introduction of Reciprocity is a Means for Moving beyond Exclusion Introduction: On Initiating Reciprocity and Ongoing Learning VII.1. It's People Living in Poverty, Not Poverty VII.2. How I Got to Know the ATD Fourth World Movement: "The Man who was Shushed" VII.3. "Emergence from Extreme Poverty": So You Want to Know about the Successes of the Families VII.4. "Artisans of Democracy": What Might "Learning Companions" do to Enable Organizations to Contribute to Moves beyond Exclusion VII.5. From Learning that "Only the Best is 'Good Enough'" to Introducing the 17th of October-The World Day for the Eradication of Poverty-into the Knesset (Parliament) of Israel VII.6. Learning for Action in an International Seminar Sponsored by the ATD Fourth World Movement VII.7. Reflective Ongoing Learning from Success: A Chance for a Movement and Others with a Mission of Change PART VIII: Epilogue: "Genocide" and "Poverty": Two Collective Man-Made Evils of our Epochs: A Challenge for the Future Acknowledgements Appendices I. ATD ("All Together in Dignity")-The Fourth World Movement II. The Unit for Learning from Success and Ongoing Learning in Human Services, Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute III. The Three Methods of Learning from Success IV. The Components of the First and the Second Methods of Learning from Past Success References

About the Author

Jona M. Rosenfeld, professor emeritus and former Dean of Social Work and Social Welfare, studied at the London School of Economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He is the founder of the Unit for Learning from Success and Ongoing Learning in the Human Services at the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Jerusalem Israel. He is the first recipient of Israel Prize for Social Work (1998) French author of bestselling novels translated into six languages, Jean-Michel Defromont is a permanent activist of the international movement ATD Fourth World since 1974. His work has been seeking to give a voice to people struggling with extreme poverty, starving for recognition of their human dignity. His books include life stories in Europe, Africa, Indian Ocean, the Caribbeans and the Middle East.


An exceptionally well written and moving account of a life devoted to inventing innovations in social work. -- Reinhart Wolff, Professor Emeritus
This book is both an autobiography and synthesis of lessons learned from one of the most accomplished social work scholars and practitioners of the past century. -- Dennis K. Orthner, Ph.D.
On his way From Exclusion to Reciprocity, Jona Rosenfeld has become crafted such an instrument, so that the silence of the voices of men and women, adolescents and children, might be heard. -- Eugen Brand, author of Artisans of Peace Overcoming Poverty
[Rosenfeld] is capable of translating the opposite poles of social transactions and enterprises, in which human service professionals engage, into an interactive and reciprocal whole... -- Bruno Tardieu, Professor Emeritus
Rare are the books that both provide in-depth analysis leading to new paradigms...as well as the intellectual lifetime journey that lead someone to build this paradigm. -- Bruno Rees, author of Artisans of Democracy
This is a brave, insightful and often inspiring work. -- Stuart Rees, Professor Emeritus
[This book] weaves together his life story with the emergence of ideas and ways of working that have deeply influenced the thinking, feeling, and actions of generations of social workers, educators, and other practitioners. -- Victor Friedman, PhD.

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