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Социальная работа в современной России: анализ статуса профессиональной группы

In this article neo-weberian approach is applied to the study social work as a professional group. In the analysis of the inter-regional survey data, the features of economic, cultural and powerful components status of the profession in their relationship have been revealed. The study has shown that the model of social work is characterized by low economic resources and low prestige, considerable autonomy of workers but limited sphere of influence, the predominance of institutional and informal mechanisms of regulation. Consideration of normative and legal context of professionalization suggests that the practical competences prevail over analytical and managerial skills for the most of  the specialists taken part in the survey, however many of them also have experience in structural social work.