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Social Work
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[German Version]

I. Definition

Since the early 20th century, social work has been defined as “organized assistance on the part of the state and municipalities, public corporations, and private organizations . . . provided to individuals, families, and groups to avert internal and external hardship and meet their essential needs” (Heyne, 917). Related concepts are relief and social welfare. The term Sozialarbeit was accepted only gradually in Germany, obviously influenced by …

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Kaiser, Jochen-Christoph, “Social Work”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124900>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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