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People empowerment has been linked to the processes of social development in developing societies as well as to more technologically advanced societies. This article explores how self-help and mutual-aid concepts are exemplified by the existence of an expanding self-help movement. The activities...
This article reflects upon three important facets of self-help, e.g., fellowship, helping and healing; it provides an historical and social science base for the re-emergence of a significant voluntary phenomenon—i.e., self-help groups in their contemporary formats, while comparing and...
Local Neighborhood Committees (LNCs) are typical self-help organizations. Though hundreds of LNCs exist in Israel, little is known about their characteristics, func tions and effects. This article describes and examines the different stages in the development of neighborhoods and LNCs in Israel...
This article describes the programs (including consultative services) offered by the New Jersey Clearinghouse which are designed to address seven primary needs or goals of self-help and professional helper constituencies: e.g., promoting the in creased identification, awareness, utilization,...
Observers of the Israeli society in the 1950s and 1960s have characterized its political structure as centralistic, with a very large public sector and with relatively little activity taking place outside it or without its consent. There are indications that since the early 1970s, certain...
Institutionalized rights for the participatioii of consumers in the decision-making processes or provision of health and social services do not exist in West Germany. However, consumers have begun to voice their concerns about this state of affairs and have undertaken more involvement in the...
A study of nine U.S. self-help clearinghouses reveals the wide range of services offered to self-lielp groups, professionals, individual consumers, and the com munity-at-large. The important roles played by volunteers in the performance of clearinghouse activities is highlighted, as is the role...
The emergence of self-help groups in Holland has paralleled the changeover from a liberal-constitutional state, fueled by economic expansion to a welfare state. Gov ernmental activity with respect to supportive social policies and legislative enact ments has, however, been far more limited than...
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