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Social Movements - Social Work
(2,735 words)

Part of Social Movements:

1. Social Problems

2. Socialism

3. Christian Social Movement

4. Christian Social Doctrine

5. Social Work

1. Notion. Social work originally meant all work for the relief of distress and the betterment of certain underprivileged classes. Reflection and experience logically led people to consider the causes of distress, the “social question”. Answering it is the business of the social sciences, which provide the principles underlying social policy and social reform. The highly developed modern…

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Marianne Pünder, “Social Movements - Social Work”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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