As a personal experience, social policy affects us perhaps on a different level to most, but we are certainly not alone. We discuss this with reference to one personal life in particular, a mature woman studying with a family.
The idea of total social organization of labour is an intensely important aspect of how society in general is structured. As Emile Durkheim also postulated, society is divided into various spheres as it is easier to govern. Likewise, labour is divided into spheres by institution and relevance (Mooney, 2004: 12). Social institutions are considered of relevance because they help to bridge the gap between the various social spheres. With reference to the personal narrative of the aforementioned mature lady, she has a job, studies and has a family. Her one son suffers from dyspraxia which also adds to the pressure of daily life. Constructed in this manner, her duties are delegated in many different social spheres. The kind of work on does is often associated with identity and with personal meaning (Mooney, 2004: 26). This form of existentialism has been a driving force behind what work men and women choose, particularly since women are assumed to be more likely 'carers' the narrative explored relates how the recipient would prefer it if more men were in employed in social services as she obviously sees a need for it. Her husband works and there is difficulty spreading both parents time across the spectrum of duty. The work-life balance is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. Welfare work had previously been termed a 'women's caring work' and been delegated to those inclined to want to 'fill in the gaps' in society ( Mooney, 2004: 5). It was considered a labour of love rather than a formal job which was skilled and well-paid. In connection with the personal life we are exploring, then yes, there is a great deal of emotional baggage that comes with the job and professionals a trained to deal with problems amongst their subjects while voluntary work is based on the act of caring alone. This training is what the recipient is being paid for and in the case of this particular personal narrative, the individual would like to study in order to deal with a greater spectrum of disorders and problems. So the remuneration is due to skill of the labour and the trustworthiness of what they do, while voluntary work on a general scale is done by those who care but are not trained. Above, mentioned how juggling life, work and family it becomes obvious how mutually constructed one personal life can be. Each aspect intermingles in order to create the person one becomes. Mutual constitutive processes mean that all aspects of society, welfare and work, eve if on reference to another person, affect us all on a very intimate level. A person is therefore the sum of all things and thus so is society the sum of all people.
In personal lives, as is the case with this particular example because it her job, social policy is extremely important. This is due, in part to her constant contact with social policy. On a daily basis she is increasingly aware of the needs for these institutions who are willing to take in