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social contract

(Encyclopedia) social contract, agreement or covenant by which men are said to have abandoned the state of nature to form the society in which they now live. The theory of such a contract, first…

Social Credit

(Encyclopedia) Social Credit, economic plan in Canada, based on the theories of Clifford Hugh Douglas. The central idea is that the problems fundamental to economic depression are those of unequal…

Social Gospel

(Encyclopedia) Social Gospel, liberal movement within American Protestantism that attempted to apply biblical teachings to problems associated with industrialization. It took form during the latter…

social science

(Encyclopedia) social science, term for any or all of the branches of study that deal with humans in their social relations. Often these studies are referred to in the plural as the social sciences.…

social security

(Encyclopedia) social security, government program designed to provide for the basic economic security and welfare of individuals and their dependents. The programs classified under the term social…

Social War

(Encyclopedia) Social War or Marsic War [Lat. socii=allies], 91&BC;–88 &BC;, struggle brought on by demands of the Italian allies for the privileges of Roman citizenship. The allies had…

social welfare

(Encyclopedia) social welfare or public charity, organized provision of educational, cultural, medical, and financial assistance to the needy. Modern social welfare measures may include any of the…

social work

(Encyclopedia) social work, organized effort to help individuals and families to adjust themselves to the community, as well as to adapt the community to the needs of such persons and families.…