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Support Networks in a Caring Community

Research and Policy, Fact and Fiction

  • J. A. Yoder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
    2. Sisca Lentjes, J. M. L. Jonker
      Pages 5-38
  3. Addresses

  4. Selected Papers

  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Jonathan Yoder, R. A. B. Leaper
      Pages 229-235
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-245

About this book

Introduction

The historic Binnenhof, seat of the Dutch government in The Hague, provided the setting (January 1985) for a conference in which participants from eleven countries met to consider the theme: Support networks in a caring community: research and policy, fact and fiction. At the outset, conference leadership - provided by Professors J.M.L. Jonker (The Netherlands) and R.A.B. Leaper (United Kingdom) urged the conferees not to allow their enthusiasm for informal support networks to combine with the pervasive awareness of the failures of welfare states into a simplistic stance of advocacy, with a consequent appeal to politicians to direct state funds accordingly. Legitimate criticisms of the responses of welfare states to the needs of citizens were to be seen as the context for discussion, not the substance of conference deliberations. More specifically, if it is now apparent to many people that governmental assistance of individuals with social needs can lead to an undesirable dependency on the part of increasingly passive citizens, that awareness does not lend logical support to an ideological position that governmental expenditures are pern~c~ous per se - to be replaced as rapidly as possible by a return to reliance on self, family, friends and associations that are developed voluntarily and financed by those who are sufficiently interested.

Keywords

Design care environment service social policy

Editors and affiliations

  • J. A. Yoder
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia Council of Higher EducationUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-5141-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8774-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5141-9
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