A Study on the Formation of Japanese Social Welfare Studies - focused on writings of Social Welfare Studies and Genealogical Perspective -

일본 사회복지학의 형성에 관한 이해 - 사회복지학 저술과 계보학적 관점 중심으로 -

  • Received : 2009.05.22
  • Accepted : 2009.07.21
  • Published : 2009.08.31


This study aims to examine the formation of Japanese Social Welfare Studies based on Michel Foucault's Genealogical perspective related with power-knowledge relationships. Namely, this study reveals that Japanese Social Welfare Studies has been built through interactions of power-knowledge relationships in the context of scholars' individual experience and social circumstances. For the study, 40 literary works of Japanese Social Welfare Studies written by 26 authors have been selected to construct the resourceful main data. From the main data, 671 concepts have been abstracted and shortly introduced in 3 parts: authors' individual experiences, social circumstances related with Social Welfare Studies, and composed contents of Social Welfare Studies. The resulted Genealogy of Japanese Social Welfare Studies from the categorization is emerged and analyzed as follows: 1) scholars' individual experience and dichotomous formation of Social Welfare Studies, 2) missionary's activities and development of social welfare, 3) searching essence of social welfare and formation of scholars' genealogy, 4) prosecution of wars including ups and downs of economy and social welfare, and 5) expansion of social welfare and enlarging of Social Welfare studies.


Social Welfare Studies;Genealogical perspective;power-knowledge relationships;writings