Families’ Needs and Social Partnerships: Networking Processes and Outcomes

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The paper analyses social services resulting from social partnerships among public, private, third sector that meet the families’ needs, combining care and work and promoting welfare. Qualitative Recent qualitative sociological investigations carried out in Italy between 2006 and 2010, offer findings concerning the connection between the implementation of family services and the activation of social partnerships. From a methodological point of view, twelve case studies, consisting of six-seven in-depth interviews, were developed. The studies reveal the existence of some practices that are innovative with reference to the fixation of networking processes and the modality different stakeholders use to satisfy families’ needs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-18
Number of pages15
JournalItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Social Partnerships
  • families services
  • social relations
  • welfare innovations


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