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By Jo Cunningham

Sociological views and their software to social paintings are an inherent a part of the QAA benchmark statements within the social paintings measure. additionally, graduates needs to know how sociological views can be utilized to dissect societal and structural affects on human behaviour at person, workforce and group degrees. This fully-revised moment version contains a new bankruptcy on social type and welfare and is mapped to the hot expert features Framework for Social paintings.

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At worst, the dogged pursuit of a ‘utopia’ through a set of universal principles may lead to oppression or totalitarianism, as evidenced in former communist countries, where political freedom and the rights of minorities were sacrificed in the name of the ‘common welfare’. At best, the pursuit of an emancipatory strategy, based on a universal grounding for truth (that is, a particular set of ideas and beliefs), may mean that in the quest for the ‘common good’, particular needs are ignored and not met.

41 Chapter 2 Poverty and social work service users The functions of poverty Functionalist explanations of poverty are based around the belief that poverty serves a positive function for society. This may sound strange, as at first sight it is hard to think of any benefit at all to being in poverty. However, you should remember that functionalism is interested in large-scale structural explanations of social life. Therefore, poverty is regarded on a macro scale in terms of the benefits it provides for society as a whole, rather than for the individuals in poverty.

In academic and policy terms, this is often referred to as absolute poverty. This takes no account of prevailing living standards. The emphasis is on basic physical needs (rather than cultural or social needs). Absolute definitions, therefore, provide a very meagre view of poverty; for example, a young homeless person who has occasional access to a hostel where she or he can obtain a meal, a bed and charitable clothing, would not be considered poor if a strict absolute definition of poverty was applied.

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