Social Policy

Social Policy : A Critical Introduction - Issues of Race, Gender and Class

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This introductory textbook in social policy argues for the centrality of race, gender and class in welfare theory and practice. The book describes and evaluates the major theoretical perspectives on welfare, as well as the different strands of feminism and work on racism which are relevant to social policy. The author develops a new analytical framework for the study of the welfare state which takes account of factors deriving from capitalism, patriarchy, racism and the international division of labour. This framework is then used to re-examine the major developments in the history of the welfare state in Britain, from the nineteenth century to the so-called crisis of the welfare state today. Fiona Williams draws out the implications of her approach for current debates about welfare policy and strategy.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 788g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0745601499
  • 9780745601496

Table of contents

Part One: The Discipline of Social Policy ; The Origins and Development of the Discipline of Social Policy ; Perspectives of Welfare. Part Two: New Critical Approaches to Welfare ; Feminist Critiques of the Welfare State ; The Basis for an Anti-Racist Critique of the Welfare State ; The Perspectives Revisited. Part Three: The Welfare State: An Analysis ; The Historical Cast of Welfare Reforms ; The Welfare State as Part of a Racially-Structured and Patriarchal Capitalism ; Conclusion.
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