By P. L. Selfe (auth.)
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This is true even when the events are bizarre or weird. Studies on the TV programme Candid Camera illustrate this! People are able to impose some apparent order and sense even where there is chaos around them. 4 Ethnomethodologists wish to uncover the rules that people apply in such situations when there has been no socialisation or training in how to respond. S In their studies they devise ways of challenging securely held common-sense assumptions about the world so that interaction no longer makes 'obvious sense' to them.
Social policy The drawing up and implementation of social policies involves political dedsions. In drawing up a social policy a government bases its decisions on its philosophy of how a society ought to be run. Social scientists are often called on to undertake a programme of research because they are trained in the technique required. Examples of research which was commissioned by a government department and on which social policy was later based: (a) Kelsall (Women and Teaching) 1965. The study looked at the number of women teachers who had left the profession, their reasons for doing so and the chances of recalling them later if necessary.
There have been subsequently many developments and changes in the structure and organization of the system with a gradual move away from the original intentions of Beveridge as more benefits became subject to means tests. The welfare state 1 Comment ~ 2 In order to discuss the issues in the questions on page 55 you must consider some of the evidence to decide whether or not its main aims have been achieved. Has squalor been eliminated? Beveridge saw this as a problem which related both to the needs of people and the ability they had to control their environment.
Advanced Sociology by P. L. Selfe (auth.)