Understanding social welfare movements - Understanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice Series (Paperback)
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Understanding social welfare movements - Understanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 08/07/2009
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Contemporary social policy has never been more vigorously contested. Issues range from single-issue campaigns over housing, social care, hospital closures through to organised movements around disability, environment, health and education. However, the historical and contemporary role played by social movements in shaping social welfare has too often been neglected in standard social policy texts. "Understanding social welfare movements" is the first text to bring together social policy and social movement studies. Using actual case studies and written in an accessible and engaging style, it will attract a wide readership of undergraduate and postgraduate students, higher education teachers and researchers, stakeholders and activists. Introductory chapters examine the historical and theoretical relationship between state welfare and social movements. Subsequent chapters outline the historical contribution of various social movements to the creation of the welfare state relating to Beveridge's 'five giants' of idleness, ignorance, squalor, illness and want. The book then examines the contemporary challenge posed by 'new social movements' in relation to the family, discrimination, environment, and global social justice. The book provides a timely and much needed overview of the changing nature of social welfare as it has been shaped by the demands of social movements.

Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781847420961
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 240 x 172 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This original book relates justice and equity across all forms of social policy. It is especially timely given the social movement mobilisation towards social justice on a global scale." Professor Chris Rootes, University of Kent
"This original book relates justice and equity across all forms of social policy. It is especially timely given the social movement mobilisation towards social justice on a global scale." Professor Chris Rootes (University of Kent)
"A perceptive, illuminating analysis of the extra-parliamentary social movements that have reshaped the political and cultural landscape of modern Britain." Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner
"The relationship between social movements and welfare is crucial for an understanding of the conditions of the modern welfare state. In a most relevant and illuminating way Annetts et al. analyse these interrelated social phenomena; as welfare again - surely - will be a central political issue for years to come, the book provides the reader with profound insights regarding the role of social movements in relation to processes of social welfare and the welfare state." Dr Magnus Ring, Lund University, Sweden

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