The social construction of social policy

methodologies, racism, citizenship and the environment
  • 230 Pages
  • 1.98 MB
  • English

St. Martin"s Press , New York
Great Britain -- Social policy -- 1979-, Great Britain -- Social conditions --


Great Br

Statementedited by Colin Samson and Nigel South.
SeriesExplorations in sociology ;, 44
ContributionsSamson, Colin., South, Nigel.
LC ClassificationsHN385.5 .S575 1996
The Physical Object
Paginationxi, 230 p. :
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL781690M
ISBN 100312127170
LC Control Number95013607

Social construction addresses the cultural factors and social dynamics that give rise to and maintain values and beliefs.

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Drawing on postmodern philosophies and critical, social, and literary theories, social construction has become an important and influential framework for practice and research within social work and related fields.

Social constructionism is a theory of knowledge in sociology and communication theory that examines the development of jointly-constructed understandings of the world that form the basis for shared assumptions about reality.

The theory centers on the notion that meanings are developed in coordination with others rather than separately within each individual. The purpose of this book is to explain, examine, and criticize the social construction of deservedness and entitlement in public editors and authors contend that in the governance process,groups are identified and con-structed as deserving and constructions (whether or not.

Social constructionism is a general term sometimes applied to theories that emphasize the socially created nature of social life. Of course, in one sense all sociologists would argue this, so the term can easily become devoid of meaning.

More specifically, however, the emphasis on social constructionism is usually traced back at least to the work of William Isaac Thomas and the Chicago. The Handbook of Social Policy is an attempt to document the now substantial body of knowledge about government social policies that has been accumulated since the study of social policy first emerged as an organized field of academic endeavor about 50 years Second Edition offers a more streamlined format to make the book more consistent with the way most instructors teach their courses/5(4).

book, Profession of Medicine, also laid important groundwork for the social construction of illness approach. In the latter part of the book, in a section titled “The Social Construction of Illness,” Freidson () explains how illnesses have con-sequences independent from any biological effects.

This text provides a critical analysis of the social construction of childhood and children's agency. Through an interdisciplinary synthesis combining social theory, social policy and the empirical findings of social science research, it bridges the current gap between theory and practice, offering an incisive theoretical account of childhood that is grounded in substantive areas of children's.

This volume draws together an impressive series of papers that explore enduring and new problems in the construction and analysis of British social policy.

Critical but accessible, the various chapters cover methodological issues and the nature of competing claims about social policy 'knowledge'.

In the book “The Reality of Social Construction” the British sociologist Dave Elder-V ass () places the development of social constructionism as one outcome of the legacy of : Alexandra Galbin. An Introduction to Social Policy.

explores essential welfare topics, themes and issues for students studying social policy or related disciplines such as sociology, social work, or nursing and social care.

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- Part One examines key concepts including welfare, social justice, diversity and health and well-being. - Part Two explores policy issues in relation to key stages of the lifecourse.

This accessible, yet scholarly, textbook aims to introduce students to the area of social science theory and research that has come to be known as social constructionism. Using a variety of examples from everyday experience and from existing research in areas such as personality, sexuality and health, the basic theoretical assumptions of social constructionism are clearly explained.5/5(1).

SOCIAL POLICY, SOCIAL ADMINISTRATION AND THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF WELFARE Alan Walker Abstract Teaching and research in social administration have been dominated by the study of the public social services.

Some of the limitations of this approach have been exposed by the perpetuation and growth of inequality in welfare state societies. About this book Introduction Critical but accessible, the various chapters cover methodological issues and the nature of competing claims about social policy 'knowledge', racism and health services, citizenship and access to housing and other amenities, and the importance of the environment as an emerging area for social policy debate.

These social constructions of deservedness and entitlement, unless challenged, become amplified over time and institutionalized into permanent lines of social, economic, and political cleavage. The contributors here express concern that too often public policy sends messages harmful to democracy and contributes significantly to the pattern of Cited by: Wells’s book is an excellent and accessible introduction into global issues of social constructions of childhood and the governance of childhood.

Drawing on the new sociology of childhood, the author takes a historical and comparative approach to childhood through a critical examination of a wide range of policy areas, including family policy. The fourth edition includes three new chapters on the history and development of social policy, making social policy in a global context, and how to research and write about social policy.

It is up-to-date with the coalition government's social policy agenda, and offers increased coverage of the important issues of equality, gender, ethnicity /5(14). The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge is a book about the sociology of knowledge by the sociologists Peter L.

Berger and Thomas Luckmann. Berger and Luckmann introduced the term "social construction" into the social sciences and were strongly influenced by the work of Alfred central concept is that people and groups interacting in a Publisher: Anchor Books. Social construction is the way in which society groups individuals and provides certain privileges for one group over another.

Most people are unaware of social construction, as much of it takes place subconsciously. Points of differentiation in social construction include race, class and gender. Its impossible to give a complete synopsis of it in a brief review, but overall the book covers the construction of social reality in complete detail, from institutions to the microsocial world of individual identity construction.

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The section on society as subjective reality, and the subsection on identity, is of absolute importance for Cited by:   Some examples of social constructs are countries and money. It is easier to see how countries could be social constructs than it is to see how money is a social construct.

Countries would not exist were it not for human interaction. Humans have to agree that there is such a thing as a country and agree on what a country is.

Berger and Luckmann’ () book The Social Construction of Reality as the first book to have the title of “social construction”, has made an influential contribution in recent studies (Hacking, ).

In this book, questioning everyday life realities and giving examples from it, shows the importance of social relations and the language. The concept of social capital as the focus of social policy shifts the focus of responsibility from government to individual, from economy to society informing policies that highlight social behavior reducing costs to government providing in turn economic solutions to social problems.

We argue that the social construction of target populations is an important, albeit overlooked, political phenomenon that should take its place in the study of public policy by political scientists. This book shows that not one, but three different forms of rationality (subjective, social and instrumental) determine the final outcomes of strategic decisions executed by major organizations.

Based on an argumentation analysis of six high-profile public debates, this book adds nuance to the concept of bounded rationality. • Regulatory policy limits the action(s) of persons or groups to protect the public interest.

(For example, consider the recent debate over Oxycontin.) • Distributive policy determines how the income on wealth will be shared with various groups. (This is the arena in which social welfare policy is made.)File Size: KB. Buy Constructing Childhood: Theory, Policy and Social Practice by James, A.

(ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on /5(7). The term social construction of reality refers to the theory that the way we present ourselves to other people is shaped partly by our interactions with others, as well as by our life experiences.

How we were raised and what we were raised to believe affect how we present ourselves, how we perceive others, and how others perceive us. The third edition of this well established textbook remains a key book for students of social policy and other sociology related disciplines. Updates to this edition cover Labour's administration ( to date), taking into account the commitments made by Labour in their general election campaign.

Each chapter is written by an expert in the field, to provide comprehensive coverage of a. Based on the notion of childhood as a social construction this paper aims to present and explore theoretically, the ideas and arguments, being offered by central theories within the paradigm of children and childhood research over the years.

Social Construction of Social Problems «Christopher A. Haase — October 2, SocImages- One way to study social problems is to take a social constructionist approach.

This approach suggests that the degree to which a social problem is perceived as problematic, as well as the kind of problem it is understood to be, is a function of social. Social “construction,” “constructionism” and “constructivism” are terms in wide use in the humanities and social sciences, and are applied to a diverse range of objects including the emotions, gender, race, sex, homo- and hetero-sexuality, mental illness, technology, quarks, facts, reality, and truth.Understanding Society is an academic blog by Daniel Little that explores a series of topics in the philosophy of social science and the workings of the social world.

Published continuously sincethe blog has treated a wide range of topics, from the nature of causal mechanisms to the idea of emergence to the political dynamics of right-wing extremism to the causes of large-scale.Development social policy, according to Dubey, aims at improvin~ the overall quality of life of the people by allocating l'eSbUI'ces fOI' the pI'oduction of goods and sel'vices to the needy.

There are two kinds of development social policies. The first one is the Populist Development Social Policy which encout'agesFile Size: KB.