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Towards social quality in Europe by integrating its central elements into the prblem solving process : analyzing family group conferences with an inclusive mindset

Wiebusch, M. (2013) Towards social quality in Europe by integrating its central elements into the prblem solving process : analyzing family group conferences with an inclusive mindset.

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Abstract:The Social Quality concept promises to lead the way towards greater well-being of citizens in Europe, at least in theory. But how can Social Quality be realized in social practice and in concrete terms? The purpose of this thesis is twofold. For one the author sheds light on how Social Quality (SQ) can be realized for individuals by focusing on Family Group Conferences (FGCs). Secondly, the author argues that to grasp the value of SQ theory in this regard the scientist has to develop an inclusive mindset himself which respects the underlying philosophy of Social Quality. In this sense he calls for greater self reflection and sensitivity in the scientific field in particular to safeguard the defragmented nature of SQ theory. To answer the research questions a multimethod approach will be applied to the analysis of two FGC facilitating initiatives from the UK and the Netherlands. The use of open ended and semi-structured interviews, and grounded theory inspired analytical techniques allows to link up the practice of conferencing with the abstract terms of Social Quality theory. Results incorporate a three dimensional understanding on how FGCs can contribute to the Social Quality of participants. This includes the positive contribution of the plan resulting from such conferences and of the process of conferencing itself. In addition four central elements are identified that allow for such an approach. Findings are seen most relevant as they might pave the way to a new understanding of how to prepare individuals to face multilayered social risks and problems in European societies.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62950
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