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Title: Types of conceptualisation of ascribed client need in social service provision based on a case study of the feeding schools and the associated social movement, 1841-1884
Author: Seed, Philip
ISNI:       0000 0001 3392 3459
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1976
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The thesis is divided into three parts. The first is a case study of the Aberdeen System of Day Industrial Feeding Schools and the associated movement from 1841-1884. Particular attention is given to changes that occurred in the type of service provided during the development of the movement's organisation and the extension of government involvement in its activities. The second part is an analysis of this material. After a discussion of terms like 'needs' and 'social service move-ment', indicators are proposed for a typology of conceptualisations of ascribed client needs in social service provision. A holistic type is indicated when different kinds of need are met simultaneously, when there is a broad category of explan-ation of client behaviour and an inclusive focus of treatment. A specialist type is indicated when different kinds of need are met separately, when there is a more narrow category of explanation of client behaviour and an exclusive focus of treatment. Using this typology it is shown that the Aberdeen system changed from a holistic towards a more specialist conceptual-isation of ascribed client needs after the passing of legis-lation in 1854. This change is studied in relation to phases in the movement's organisation, objectives, strategies, tactics and ideology, and in relation to stages in the extension of government involvement. In inter-relating these variables, it is suggested that there is a pattern of change within the typology. This is identified and summarised as a 'career' path from a holistic towards a specialist type of conceptual-isation. The third part considers the implications for social policy in Britain, with particular reference to changes in the type of conceptualization of ascribed client need reflected in forms and structures of social service provision in the 1950's and in 1975, and to social service movements today.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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