Social Development: The Developmental Perspective in Social Welfare

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SAGE, Sep 14, 1995 - Social Science - 194 pages
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The social development approach seeks to integrate economic and social policies within a dynamic development process in order to achieve social welfare objectives. This first comprehensive textbook on the subject demonstrates that social development offers critically significant insights for the developed as well as the developing world.

James Midgley describes the social development approach, traces its origins in developing countries, reviews theoretical issues in the field and analyzes different strategies in social development. By adding the developmental dimension, social development is shown to transcend the dichotomy between the residualist approach, which concentrates on targeting resources to the most needy, and th


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Social development concept is the dynamic change through creating awareness and implementation by conducting action or program activities among the mass people. It is very complex process that in social science some time to present or discover the social phenomena exactly for the reason of different views from the thinking and expressing mind set-up. With the passage of time everything is changing as the culture. I think that all developmental work or program should be prioritized according to the view of community peoples. In my observation I have seen that while conducting FGD or session with a group on a particular issue every body is not participating. Some one who is speaking, all participants are supporting him to talk more. So its result will not be good as the rules of FGD method.If I add the context of Bangladesh in the rural areas women are not talking for having the lack of social values. Hence, I would like to say social welfare and social development theory have to be changed with its acceptance.There may be many dimension but root causes must to be identified for focusing the real picture of social life.  



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James Midgley is the Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services and Dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to Social Welfare in Global Context which was published by Sage in 1997, he has published widely on issues international social work and social welfare. He is particularly well known for his work on social work and social policy in the developing world and he is widely regarded as a pioneer of this field. His most important books dealing with social work and social welfare in the developing countries include: Professional Imperialism: Social Work in the Third World, Heinemann.1981; The Social Dimensions of Development; Social Policy and Planning in the Third World, Wiley, 1982 (with M. Hardiman); Social Security, Inequality and the Third World, Wiley 1984; Comparative Social Policy and the Third World (with S. MacPherson) Harvester, 1987; Social Development: The Developmental Perspective in Social Welfare. Sage, 1995; and Social Policy for Development (with A. Hall, Sage, 2004). Professional Imperialism and Social Security, Inequality and the Third World were among the first to address issues of social work and Social Security in the developing countries.

Midgley is also a pioneer in the field of international social work. He formulated the proposal for Profiles in International Social Work, one of the first books dealing with international social work which was co-edited with M. C. Hokenstad and Shanti K. Khinduka and published by NASW Press for the World Social Work Congress in 1992. Subsequently, he published two additional books with M. C. Hokenstad on international social work for NASW Press. These are Issues in International Social Work (1997) and Lessons from Abroad: Adapting International Social Welfare Innovations (2004). Midgley’s graduate textbook Social Welfare in Global Context which was published by Sage in 1997 has been widely adopted.

His other recent books include: The Handbook of Social Policy (with M. Tracy and M. Livermore) Sage, 2000; Controversial Issues in Social Policy (with Howard Karger and Brene Brown, Allyn & Bacon, 2003), and Lessons from Abroad: Adapting International Social Welfare Innovations. (With M. C. Hokenstad NASW Press, 2004).

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