Biography and social exclusion in Europe

Experiences and life journeys

Edited by Prue Chamberlayne, Michael Rustin, and Tom Wengraf

Biography and social exclusion in Europe

Edited by Prue Chamberlayne, Michael Rustin, and Tom Wengraf

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

352 pages
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9781861343093 Published November 2002 For sale in North and South America only
Based on 250 life-story interviews in seven European Union countries, Biography and social exclusion in Europe:analyses personal struggles against social exclusion to illuminate local milieus and changing welfare regimes and contexts;points to challenging new agendas for European politics and welfare, beyond the rhetoric of communitarianism and the New Deal;vividly illustrates the lived experience and environmental complexity working for and against structural processes of social exclusion;refashions the interpretive tradition as a teaching and research tool linking macro and micro realities.·[vbTab]·[vbTab]·[vbTab]Students, academic teachers and professional trainers, practitioners, politicians, policy makers and researchers in applied and comparative welfare fields will all benefit from reading this book.
Contents
Introduction: from biography to social policy ~ Michael Rustin and Prue Chamberlayne
Suffering the fall of the Berlin wall: blocked journeys in Spain and Germany ~ William Hungerbühler, Elisabet Tejero and Laura Torrabadella
Guilty victims: social exclusion in contemporary France ~ Numa Murard
Premodernity and postmodernity in Southern Italy ~ Antonella Spanò
A tale of class differences in contemporary Britain ~ Michael Rustin
The shortest way out of work ~ Numa Murard
Male journeys into uncertainty ~ Elisabeth Ioannidi-Kapolou and Elizabeth Mestheneos
Love and emancipation ~ Birgitta Thorsell
Female identities in late modernity ~ Antonella Spanò
Gender and family in the development of Greek state and society ~ Elizabeth Mestheneos and Elisabeth Ioannidi-Kapolou
Corporatist structure and cultural diversity in Sweden ~ Martin Peterson
'Migrants': a target-category for social policy? Experiences of first-generation migration ~ Roswitha Breckner
Second-generation transcultural lives ~ Prue Chamberlayne
Biographical work and agency innovation: relationships, reflexivity and theory-in-use ~ Tom Wengraf
Conclusions: social transitions and biographical work ~ Prue Chamberlayne
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