An Analysis of Social Service Discourses in Britain -Four Areas by Two Axes-

영국 사회서비스 담론 분석 -두 개의 축에 따른 네 가지 지형-

  • Received : 2011.11.25
  • Accepted : 2011.12.19
  • Published : 2012.02.29


After social service voucher schemes were introduced in Korea, many controversies have been concentrated on market-based approach, which encourage competition and choice while amount of funding, number of providers, and types of services have been rapidly expanded. This also could mean that transform of social service paradigm from provider-centered approach to user-cantered approach, one of the trends found internationally. Therefore, this is the study to reveal development of social service discourses in Britain where various models of social services have been attempted in their modern history. Then, through the historical analysis, the trends toward more user-cantered approach were found to be distinguished based on the division of individualism and collectivism. This could provide theocratical implication to the current discussion on social services in Korea.


social service discourse;user-cantered services;individualism;collectivism