Problem Solving at the Mesolevel

  • John G. Bruhn
  • Howard M. Rebach
Part of the Clinical Sociology book series (CSRP)

Abstract

This chapter turns to clinical sociological practice on the mesosociological level. The first section addresses the question, Where is the mesolevel? Since organizational development and community organization constitute two important fields of sociological practice, the second and third sections of this chapter will offer some observations on organizations and community organization. The remaining sections will focus on practice issues.

Keywords

Social System Social Problem Community Organization Program Planning Organization Member 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • John G. Bruhn
    • 1
  • Howard M. Rebach
    • 2
  1. 1.Pennsylvania State University / HarrisburgMiddletownUSA
  2. 2.University of Maryland, Eastern ShorePrincess AnneUSA

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