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By D. Reisman

Richard Titmuss, Professor on the London tuition of Economics, adviser to governments, prolific writer, used to be instrumental in shaping the hot disciplines of Social coverage and management. He made a important contribution to social philosophy via his try to combine welfare into its vast social context. during this revised version of his recognized publication, Professor Reisman is determined by the total of Titmuss's paintings, unpublished in addition to released, to give an explanation for and review the theories of this provocative yet usually tough writer.

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Suppose, in a concrete case, that he or she must decide whether an income maintenance scheme should be associated with compulsory retraining and rehabilitation (or, alternatively, be extended indefinitely to an alcoholic or an addict who refuses to bend his way of life to the consensual norm); or whether poor parents should receive cash supplementation (rather than payments in kind or in vouchers tied to specific purposes such as schooling or transport); or whether to means-test applicants for supplementary benefits (instead of providing these benefits as of right).

It too should be relevant to the needs of society. Research must be the servant, not the master, and must be aimed at helping people to acquire better control over their environment so that they have more freedom to develop their personality. Again, personal contact of students with lecturers is, like personal contact of patients with doctors, vital to prevent alienation; and hence lecturers should avoid a flight into research where it means the neglect of teaching. Combining these two points, it would be true to say that a lecturer who does research on non-relevant subjects and simultaneously treats his teaching as a burden is attempting to secure his individual self-advancement at the expense of the group.

In the domain of social policy, research has the important social function of helping the community to get at the facts of the social 48 The Status of Social Policy situation. In that way it enables the society to make intelligent choices on the basis of hard evidence rather than in that intellectual darkness where myth and prejudice thrive. 26 Seeking the facts, the scholar is also serving his nation. Hence the academic should recognise that his primary duty is to the truth, not to professional success nor even to political ideology.

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