The sociological intervention is identified as (1) directed at the operational definition of the situation and (2) taking into account the multiple, interacting layers of social participation framing human predicaments and their resolution. These are further differentiated, employing case examples, in terms of mode of attack — direct, indirect, or cooperative — and level of social context at which the intervention is directed — the personal, group, organizational, or social world being described here as "quantum'' levels of interest. While others may conduct such interventions, the sociological intervention is characterized as the special domain of the clinical sociologist.
Straus, Roger A.
"Changing the Definition of the Situation: Toward a Theory of Sociological Intervention,"
Clinical Sociology Review:
1, Article 10.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol2/iss1/10