The social development approach seeks to integrate economic and social policies within a dynamic development process in order to achieve social welfare objectives. This first comprehensive textbook on the subject demonstrates that social development offers critically significant insights for the developed as well as the developing world. James Midgley describes the social development approach, traces its origins in developing countries, reviews theoretical issues in the field and analyzes different strategies in social development.

The Historical Context
The historical context

Although the last chapter offered a formal definition of social development, the term is still defined in different ways. Some of these different usages were described at the end of the previous chapter. To better understand the definition used in this book, it is useful to trace social development's historical evolution. As will be shown in this chapter, social development has been promoted by different groups of people, and influenced by different ideas and events. An understanding of how these people, ideas and events contributed to the evolution of social development gives further insights into social development's meaning.

The chapter begins by examining the role of ideas about societal change and social intervention in social development. It reviews the contribution of ...

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