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The concept of „social assistance” in the context of the dignity and autonomy of the homeless (philosophical and legal aspects)

Anetta Breczko () and Alina Miruć ()
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Anetta Breczko: Uniwersytet w Białymstoku
Alina Miruć: Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa

Ekonomia Społeczna/Social Economy, 2017, vol. 2, 26-36

Abstract: Social assistance is an institution of social life, whose proper functioning is determined not only by law enforcement, but also by norms belonging to diverse non-legal systems (especially the moral system). The purpose of this paper is to analyze the concept of „social assistance” in the context of the dignity and autonomy of the homeless, considered both from the axiological and legal point of view. In this regard, we use the dogmatic method. The philosophical perspective shows that the notion of „assistance” is ambiguous and does not always entail a positive axiological charge. From the legal approach, the basic premises of „good administration” and the actual provision of social welfare to those in need (including the homeless) are: personal and individual dignity, related to the obligation to respect human autonomy. Social assistance that does not take these values into account cannot be considered as a „good practice”.

Keywords: homeless; dignity; autonomy; axiology; social assistance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J64 J78 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.15678/ES.2017.2.03

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