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Social work by Wolfgang Schröer, Lothar Böhnisch

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8Social Problems and Social Integration

Social workers’ professional interest, focused on personal support, does not necessarily coincide with that of social policy. When dealing with unemployment, poverty, addiction or homelessness, it is not the people involved who are of primary interest, but the related “social problem” which these factors can create for social integration. This needs to be regulated and reined in or contained. This interest in control is part of the political programme of “solving social problems”. Social workers need to be aware of and reflect on this ambivalence in the conflict between the interests of social work (in clients’ agency) and the interests of social policy (in social stability). Social problems are constituted ...

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