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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


This paper is an analysis of aspects of the emergence of a repertory of social care services for the elderly from the vantage point of the common theory of voluntary action. One facet of that theory, labeled here as endowment theory, is an emerging rational choice model of the praxeological implications of voluntary action within the pragmatic problem-solving tradition. Three terms – endowment, repertory and commons – are presented in the paper as terms whose conventional meanings contain previously undisclosed connotations relevant to a fuller understanding of voluntary action.

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This paper was originally titled Social Care of the Aged. It was presented at the Annual Meeting, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations. London, England. July, 1990.



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