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social services

  1. any state-provided services which have a bearing on the quality of life of all citizens.
  2. more narrowly, the organization and delivery of local authority SOCIAL WORK services in relation to children, the elderly, the disabled and the mentally ill (but excluding the PROBATION SERVICE except in Scotland). As well as state provision, Councils of Social Services are to be found within most localities. They are umbrella organizations to assist and coordinate voluntary social welfare provision. Both voluntary and statutory services are to be distinguished from the recent new burgeoning private sector.
Sociologists have interested themselves in the relationship between IDEOLOGY and the notions of social responsibility expressed in varying formulations of social policy. Thus the political right stress ideas of individual and familial responsibility, the political left the obligations of the state to individuals in guaranteeing some form of social minima. Marxists and others have recognized and studied the struggles within the state apparatus, both local and national, for the social wage. The recent emergence of the private sector has added another dimension to the voluntarism-statism debates.

The study of sociology has featured as a significant part of the education and training of professionals and quasiprofessionals who work within the social services. see also WELFARE STATE.

Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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