Sociology for Social Workers and Probation Officers (Student by Viviene E. Cree

By Viviene E. Cree

How does a social paintings scholar make the relationship among sociological wisdom and daily social paintings? Sociology for Social employees and Probation officials offers an creation to sociological rules and learn and areas them firmly into the context of tangible social paintings perform. It encourages readers to boost severe expertise and achieve their very own decisions concerning the usefulness and implications of retaining sure conceptual positions and indicates how social paintings might be larger knowledgeable and better via doing so. absolutely revised and up to date all through, this moment version examines sociology when it comes to key parts of social paintings and probation perform, and comprises one new bankruptcy. components lined are: relatives early life formative years group Care and worrying overall healthiness and disorder Crime. crucial analyzing for all social paintings and probation reviews scholars, this article appears past person and mental motives and strategies to increase a sociological wisdom base for social paintings perform.

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Young and Willmott described Bethnal Green as ‘a village in the middle of London’, and identified a community in which working-class people (albeit poor and living in sub-standard housing) still lived in close proximity to extended family members, and saw each other frequently. A complex network of relatives, held together by the powerful mother–daughter bond at the centre, provided mutual support and a sense of community. In contrast, the atmosphere at Greenleigh was said to be very different.

Developing Durkheim’s ideas, Parsons argued that what held society together was a ‘normative framework’ of cultural values and social norms which people learned through a process of socialisation; it was this framework which shaped people’s actions, and hence their realities (1949). Parsons was interested in a range of topics of concern to social work, including the family, gender relations and illness, all of which will be discussed more fully in later chapters. Critical overview There are, as we can see, a number of assumptions implicit in a functionalist approach, all of which have been challenged by subsequent sociological perspectives.

Weber emphasised the importance of understanding the subjective meaning that every ‘actor’ brings to a social situation: each social situation is established and sustained by the meaning brought into it by participants. It is this unique ability of human beings, to interpret the world around them and choose to act, which Weber sees as the key concern of sociology. Sociology should seek to understand the theories of the actors themselves (Verstehen) instead of constructing expert theories about social systems.

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