Government Controlled Social Service

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In our Society, We are faced with many social problems, such as Healthcare, unemployment, and housing. Government officials implemented social policies to enhance social welfare by providing assistance for many populations in need. However, low income families (single mothers and the working class) are stigmatized against as the government primarily provides aid for this vulnerable population. Therefore, as social service providers we feel limited with resources for our clients and it prohibits clients from obtaining adequate assistance needed. In my paper, my personal views will be addressed and the ideas of Bruce Jansson incorporating two readings. The readings are: The Symbiotic and Uneasy Relationship between Clients, Social Workers, and the Welfare State. The second reading is: Making the American Welfare State More Humane-Past, Present and Future. A depiction of how the government controls many groups will hopefully enlighten our society.

In the field of social service, it is believed that many resources are scarce for our clients. The fact of the matter is that resources are available, but in privileged neighborhoods. Unfortunately, when addressing privileged neighborhoods we are referring to the predominantly Caucasian areas, as opposed to areas where Minorities reside. According to Jansson, “When examining inequalities in life conditions, we must also compare communities where vulnerable populations reside with those of mainstream populations. Many person of color reside, for example in crime infested areas that make life hazardous on a daily basis” (Jansson, 2009, p.37) It is believe that the same services and quality of services should be provided to all in need irrespective of their race, class, ethnicit...

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...lic benefits that threatened everyone except a fortunate minority. Today the condemnation of welfare continues to inhibit the development of coherent policy. It permits a president to claim that abolish AFDC and eliminating entitlements to public assistance represent “Ending welfare as we know it,” when the most extensive and costly parts of America remain scarcely touched. And it justifies a “Welfare Reform” that heightens the risk and worsens the poverty that welfare was invented to remedy” (Katz, 2008, p.8).


Katz, M. (2009). The Price of Citizenship: Redefining the American Welfare State (Updated ed.). Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Jansson, B. (2009). The Reluctant Welfare State: Engaging History to Advance Social Work Practice in Contemporary Society (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
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