May 1969

Social Welfare in the Soviet Union.

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By Bernice Q. Madison, Professor of Social Work, San Francisco State College. Price, $8.50. Pp 240. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif, 1968.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(5):614-616. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740170118025

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As discussed in the flyleaf, this book is the first comprehensive study in any language of social welfare in the Soviet Union. Based on over ten years of extensive research and some seven months of direct observation, it includes an account of welfare practices in Russia prior to the revolution, an analysis of the relationship between Soviet welfare policies and Marxist theory, and the history of Soviet welfare programs from 1917 to the present. The author has suggested that she hopes to achieve two things: (1) to increase our knowledge of social welfare in the Soviet Union and (2) to improve our understanding of the special problems faced by underdeveloped countries that wish to attain a reasonably high level of social welfare at the same time as they industrialize.

I feel that she has certainly attained her first goal. Her second is rather sketchily worked out in one chapter, and

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