AIMS This chapter explores how practitioners may develop groupwork and commu- nity work interventions to benefit older people in the community. After working through this chapter, readers should be able to: ■ Evaluate the main aims of groupwork interventions with older people ■ Identify the main requirements of carrying out effective groupwork ■ Explore reminiscence as an important use of groupwork with older people ■ Evaluate the main aims of macro interventions with older people ■ Understand useful macro interventions such as creating support groups and
97 SIX The use of macro-sociological factor analysis in comparative studies As mentioned in the previous chapter, this factor analysis, submitted for consideration to ISSA research bodies, was intended from the very beginning to serve as a tool for comparative studies. The idea was to accompany a descriptive presentation of a social security scheme with a brief survey of macro-sociological factors at work behind its creation and evolution, so as to make this ‘dynamic picture’ of the institution the object of comparison. The advantage of this approach was
73 FIVE A macro-sociological approach to the study of social security The historical survey of the sociology of social security outlined in the previous chapter has underlined the growing importance of comparative studies of social policy. This seems natural because the tools of a sociological analysis can only be developed and tested when applied to several societies. My own factor analysis presented in this chapter and developed as part of the research programme of ISSA in Geneva was directly conceived as a methodological tool for a comparative study
35 THREE Locating the women: macro, meso and micro contexts Introduction In the previous chapter I explained my approach to gaining knowledge of the processes involved in constructing shifting and overlapping forms of belonging to different kinds of community. I argued that a thematic and structural narrative approach can illuminate how retired women experience the structural contexts in which their migration takes place, how this shapes agency,1 and how structures and agency are mediated by their multiple and shifting positionalities. In this chapter I
151 8 Activating the framework at exo- and macro-level interactions in practice Introduction In this chapter, we focus further on activating our framework specifically with exo and macro levels of the ecological context. With regard to wider engagement with the exo and macro levels, we begin with a discussion about our well-established and advanced practices in the fields of community work, community development and social development from which we can draw. We then consider some of the opportunities and challenges to developing expertise in sociolegal
, he illustrated how nostalgia was treated within the realm of artistic expression, showed how nostalgia was also a societal phenomenon and discussed how nostalgia in contemporary society increasingly became shaped and appropriated by the media. In this way, Davis’s book in exemplary manner provided a solid conceptual foundation for further sociological explorations of nostalgia on the micro, meso and macro levels of social life. Davis’s work has subsequently inspired many other scholars in their conceptualization of nostalgia, inside and outside the discipline of
395 Critical and Radical Social Work • vol 5 • no 3 • 395–402 • © Policy Press 2017 • #CRSW Print ISSN 2049 8608 • Online ISSN 2049 8675 • https://doi.org/10.1332/204986016X14757635477585 Acccepted for publication 19 September 2016 • First published online 10 October 2016 voices from the frontline Tackling the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership/Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement: my path from micro to macro/strategic social work Luis Arevalo, firstname.lastname@example.org New Zealand Nurses Organisation, New Zealand key words Transatlantic Trade and
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