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The debates on welfare provision in Britain are both familiar and well documented. Loney, Boswell & Clarke 1984, Mishra 1984. It has been pointed out, however, by recent analysts Barrett & Mcintosh 1982, Dale & Foster 1986 that quite different analyses of the deficiencies of the present system...
Questions of the form what is x raise their heads from time to time, and are often very important. Whether the question is what is virtue or what is sociology the search is on for something fundamental. At least one philosopher seems to have handled that most awkward of what is x questions what...
The earliest human societies relied for their subsistence on the hunting of animals and the gathering of food. The small bands of people who lived together pursuing these activities appear to have been the prototype of all human organisation. Hunting and gathering was the predominant type of...
To those concerned with challenges and challengers to conventional wisdom, the entirely credible perception of ours as a planet in the midst of a deep environmental crisis offers fruitful grounds for analysis. Crises stimulate those who have, in the existence of the crisis, firm proof that the...
The settlement house movement had its origins in the 19th century as members of the upper class in England and the United States sought to develop an institution under private auspices that would serve disadvantaged populations in urban settings. A new set of circumstances exists in the 20th...
The incorporation of fundamental social rights in the new Netherlands constitution was dismissed as a cosmetic operation in the nineteenseventies. This is an interesting comment for two reasons.
There has been a recent tendency for medical sociology to ignore the possible influence that religion may have on health. For example, religion as a social variable is now no longer routinely collected in large scale social surveys dealing with health or mortality. As Vaux speaking of America...
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