Journal of Social Intervention vol:18 issue:4 pages:22-42
This article describes the paradigm of empowerment and presents it as a useful framework in which to develop the concepts of social inclusion and modern care. The core ideas of empowerment are illustrated on the basis of three pairs of concepts: social inclusion and active citizenship, the socialization of care and the reintegration of individuals into communities (“kwartiermaken”), and individual strength and shared responsibility. Empowerment implies strengthening and connecting people, organizations and groups in society. The paradigm prioritizes vulnerable individuals and groups, focusing on their strengths as well as recognizing their vulnerabilities and respecting their experiences. Empowerment implies strengths-oriented care which is based on the two basic premises of a positive basic attitude and suitable participation. Empowerment can be put into practice by means of appropriate methodologies. All of this requires strengths-oriented organizations and a policy of empowerment.