What is Social Welfare?
- “The goals of social welfare programs derive from the goals of the larger society for itself and from the view that society holds of itself and of its various members.”
- “…programs involve a redistribution of resources from one group to another.”
- includes the history of the social work profession
- Social change (macro) vs. individual adjustment (micro)
- Emphasizing social welfare for the family as a unit for members individually, thus social policy = family policy. However, US has no family policy or social policy that supports family life as its goal
What are some social values that America has?
- “…Americans have valued private assets over public goods and individual autonomy over collective choices.”
- History of anti-immigrant attitudes or nativism
Social policies and programs for families are a result from the interaction of:
- Economic productivity
- Perceptions of social institutions effectiveness
- Programs focused on the individual vs. programs created to assist the whole (society)
- Views of human nature
- COS vs. Settlement House programs
- Past decisions about social welfare
Why should we care about history?
- Current political climate—how is that going to affect the social policies for the future?
- Polarization of R and L. Leads to very different outcomes
- Race and class still very strong themes’ in today’s political climate