Welfare Policy from Below

Welfare Policy from Below : Struggles Against Social Exclusion in Europe

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The future European system of social security and welfare is in need of a new perspective. Thanks to its conceptual and theoretical framework and its comparative empirical studies in eight European cities between Bologna and Stockholm, this book contributes to developing this new form of "social exclusion knowledge". Social security and welfare providers need to offer the infrastructure for the coping strategies developed for those in danger of being excluded. The objective is to find dynamic and multi-dimensional processes of (partial) exclusion and to identify the means of combatting it. As well as basic personal resources, the provision of local and situational means of coping is decisive. The studies featured in this volume - focusing on a range of problems of exclusion (for example poverty, housing, work, neighbourhood, position of family, women, migrants) in the context of different European welfare regimes - identify and assess the coping strategies and resources they need.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160 x 222 x 19.05mm | 544.31g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0754630633
  • 9780754630630

Table of contents

Introduction: the cultures of welfare and exclusion, Heinz Steinert. The project framework: limits of market society - European perspectives, Ian Taylor; inclusion, exclusion - towards a dynamic approach, Georg Vobruba; social exclusion - strategies for coping with and avoiding it, Heinz Steinert. Conceptual and theoretical matters: participation and social exclusion, Heinz Steinert; towards understanding situations of social exclusion, Bridgette Wessels and Siep Miedema. The Presentation of social exclusion - forms and norms: coping with social exclusion - from acceptance to indignation, Tomke Bohnisch and Helga Cremer-Schafer; normalization, symptoms and reductions of complexity - unsatisfactory accounts of unsatisfactory living, Gerhard Hanak. Coping and its resources: welfare or what? - conditions for coping within different socio-political structures - the examples of Sweden and Spain, Anita Ronneling and Angela Gabas i Gasa; resources, coping and subjective experiences, Monia Gionannetti and Fabio Quassoli; the meaning of work and experiences of disqualification, Helga Cremer-Schafer; Subsistence, Henrik Tham; (ab)using the family, Tomke Bohnisch, Angela Gabas i Gasa, Monia Giovannetti and Fabio Quassoli; community, subculture, secondary association as a resource - patterns of association to counter exclusion and configured networks to manage exclusion, Bridgette Wessels; innovative coping strategies and social resource structures, Siep Miedema and Janine Janssen; "on the spot" experiences and perceptions of social exclusion - comparing lcoal communities and urban settings, Gerhard Hanak. The market and the law - limits of coping: infrastructure gaps - housing problems in Bologna and Frankfurt, Fabio Quassoli and Tomke Bohnisch; legal exclusion and social exclusion - "legal" and "illegal" migrants, Inge Karazman-Morawetz and Anita Ronneling; double difficulty - female and foreigner, Bridgette Wessles, Janine Janssen and Siep Miedema. Policy Implications: welfare policies as resource management, Christa Pelikan, Arno Pilgram, Heinz Steinert and Georg Voruba.
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