social administration

social administration

  1. the academic field of study that developed out of a 19th-century concern with SOCIAL POLICY.
  2. the practice of managing social agencies such as Social Service departments.
Pinker (1971) distinguishes between social administration sense 1 and sociology by arguing that although they share a common starting point, the development of industrial societies, sociology has been primarily concerned with the theoretical explanations of INDUSTRIALIZATION, whilst social administration has been concerned with the practical development of effective policies with which to tackle the problems that have accompanied industrialization, such as POVERTY, CRIME, ill-health, poor housing, etc. The origins of social administration, therefore, are usually located in a number of reforming individuals, such as BOOTH and ROWNTREE. This tradition is thought to have continued in the work of TITMUSS and can be seen to influence the work of a number of contemporary sociologists, such as Peter Townsend. It would be wrong, however, to suggest that the early sociologists were not interested in the policy implications of their work.

The academic development of social administration was institutionalized in social work training by the first university Social Studies departments. Until recently, many sociologists have been critical of social administration for its lack of theory and for its REFORMIST political position. However, since the 1970s the sociology of social policy and social administration have been more closely integrated following a renewed sociological concern with WELFARE STATES, new theories of social policy and the development of comparative social policy. Some sociologists have suggested that these changes have led to the development of a ‘new social administration’. See also APPLIED SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL WORK, RADICAL SOCIAL WORK.

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Cargan earned a BA Honors degree in social administration from the University of Brighton and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK.
People the top don't what like for people hard BOB HOLMAN In 1976, he resigned as Bath University professor of social administration, seeing his affluence and position as inconsistent with his Christianity.
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He studied History at the University of Wales; Theology at Cuddesdon College, Oxford; Social Administration at the London School of Economics; and Psychiatric Social Work at the University of Liverpool.
She traces the history of social policy as a subject to social administration dating back to 1604, with the Elizabethan Poor Law.
I am in favour of someone who looks at social administration and not just business administration seriously.
Chol Atem Ayiei, who graduated with bachelors degree in social work and social administration encouraged his colleagues to become job creators.
At a United Nations breakfast event in New York City in September 2009, four women--a peasant farmer, a former hairdresser, a journalist, and a social administration expert--came together with former heads of state and Nobel Prize winners to speak about the daily effects of climate change on their lives and on their communities.
PNN The European Union and the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Social Affairs honoured today the Ministry's employees who excelled in a training programme in social administration, strategic planning and delivery of social services.
JERUSALEM, September 20, 2012 (WAFA) - The European Union and the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Social Affairs honored its employees who excelled in a training program in social administration, strategic planning and delivery of social services, Thursday said an EU press release.
Second, access to knowledge promotes meaningful and informed participation in decision-making at the family, community and higher levels of social administration.

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