Understanding Social Welfare Movements (Understanding Welfare Series: Social Issues, Policy & Practice)

Author: Jason Annetts, Alex Law, Wallace McNeish, Gerry Moone
Publisher: The Policy Press
Keywords: understanding, welfare, social, movements, series
Pages: 304
Published: 2009-07-08
Language: English
Category: Social Services & Welfare, Poverty, Current Events, Nonfiction,
ISBN-10: 1847420966     ISBN-13: 9781847420961
Binding: Paperback
List Price: 32.95 USD
Contemporary social policy has never been more vigorously contested. Issues range from single-issue campaigns over housing, social care, and hospital closures, on through more organized 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. This is the first introductory level book to bring together social policy and social movement studies. Written in an accessible and engaging style, 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. The introductory chapters examine the historical and theoretical relationship between state welfare and social movements. Subsequent chapters outline the historical contribution of various social movements in the UK to the creation of the welfare state relating to Beveridge's 'five giants.' The book also examines the contemporary challenge posed by new social movements in relation to the family, discrimination, environment, and global social justice. Using actual UK case studies, the book will attract a wide readership of undergraduate students, stakeholders and activists.

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