Social Systems and Social Regulations

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-15
  • Publisher: Routledge
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In Social Systems and Social Regulations, Elaine Cummingdescribes attitudes of patients and clients toward healthand welfare organizations. The focus is on the complexrelationships between regulative agents, as revealed by themovement of clients through health and welfare systems.The author observes how doctors, clergy members, policeofficers, welfare officers, psychiatrists, social workers,and other social agents relate to one another and to theirclients and charges.Cumming selected Syracuse, New York, typical ofmany middle-sized American cities of the 1960s, for herfield studies. These involved several agencies and thousandsof individuals. The result is a thoughtful analysis thatcan readily be applied to many aspects of the entire socialsystem. Who are the clients? What are their problems?How do agents respond to them? These are some of thetopics dealt with at length.From the view point of the agents, the author discusseshow they see their own roles in the overall regulativesystem; how areas of operation interact and overlap; howthe network of agencies changed over a five year period;what major problems remained to be overcome at thetime; and what changes could and should have been made.When initially published, this was a new examination ofthe regulative system in America. Students and scholarswill still find this work invaluable in the study of socialcontrol. Professionals will find many points for contrastand comparison and an analytical framework for evaluatingand solving problems faced in health and welfareoperations throughout the country.

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