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Social Welfare
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Social Welfare
Structure and Practice


February 1995 | 341 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Poverty, unemployment, limited access to health care: the litany of ills plaguing contemporary society seems endless, reflective of the pragmatic and philosophical battles waged to overcome what some perceive as insurmountable obstacles. What role has the state played in mitigating the effects of these harsh realities? Offering a comprehensive survey of past and present programs, Social Welfare considers the substance and results of government intervention. Shaped by the works of such distinguished figures as Martin Luther, Adam Smith, and Charles Darwin, this incisive text charts the progression of social welfare policy from inception to its current status. David Macarov links present policy to the convergence of five interacting motivations: mutual aid, religion, politics, economics, and ideology. In identifying these elements, Macarov assays the significance of each in determining the nature of social welfare and its future. Featuring chapter summaries and exercises, this intriguing introduction to social welfare policy and practice will involve and inform students of social work, political science, and sociology. "David Macarov has written a handy introductory social policy text for undergraduate that transcends the descriptive accounts of the social services that pervade the literature. Unlike many other introductory texts, Macarov does not seek to list the major social services and describe their functioning but focuses instead on the role of ideas and wider social forces in social welfare. The book is easy to read and thoroughly supported with recommendations for additional reading. It is a useful addition to the literature." --Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

 
PART ONE: THE NATURE OF SOCIAL WELFARE
 
The Scope of Social Welfare
 
Human Needs
 
PART TWO: MOTIVATIONS FOR SOCIAL WELFARE
 
Mutual Aid
 
Social Welfare and the Family
 
The Use of Families and Other Institutions of Mutual Aid
 
Religion as a Motivator of Social Welfare
 
Politics as a Motivator of Social Welfare
 
Economics as a Motivator of Social Welfare
 
Ideology as a Motivator of Social Welfare
 
Isms as Ideologies - Racism, Sexism, Ageism and Xenophobia
 
PART THREE: INFLUENCES ON SOCIAL WELFARE
 
The Influence of Martin Luther on Work and Welfare
 
The Influence of Charles Darwin and Adam Smith on the Development of Social Welfare
 
PART FOUR: ISSUES IN SOCIAL WELFARE
 
Persisting Poverty
 
Persisting Unemployment
 
From Welfare State to Welfare Society and Welfare Reform
 
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