Today most countries rely on formally organized welfare programs -
in some cases to the extent that they are labeled "welfare states".
These programs, which have been constructed over the last decades,
make up a larger national and international system of good
intentions. Overall, it appears inconceivable to imagine "civilized
society" without a comprehensive organizational system of social
welfare. Social welfare has become a "holy cow" in many societies;
an institutionalized aspect of modern life. But how does the
institutionalization of social welfare occur through the concrete
activities it enacts; and why does the institutionalization of
social welfare appear to be so particularly successful in relation
to other institutionalizing phenomena? These are central problems
for any sociological analysis of contemporary society's
organization and are the main locus of attention of this book.
Holmqvist explores how a social welfare organization becomes a
self-evident phenomenon by "medicalizing" its environment: a way of
"solving" social problems by viewing and treating them as medical
problems. This study generates new understandings of how
institutionalization of organizations comes about and contributes
fresh insight to the area of social welfare policies.
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