Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781847424082 Published June 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9781847424099 Published June 2009 For sale in North and South America only

Contemporary social evils

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Contemporary social evils

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781847424082 Published June 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9781847424099 Published June 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Which underlying problems pose the greatest threat to British society in the 21st century? A hundred years after its philanthropist founder identified poverty, alcohol, drugs and gambling among the social evils of his time, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation initiated a major consultation among leading thinkers, activists and commentators, as well as the wider public. The findings have now been brought together in this fascinating book.Individual contributors range across the political spectrum but the book also reports the results from a web survey and consultation with groups whose voices are less often heard. The results suggest that while some evils - like poverty - endure as undisputed causes of social harm, more recent sources of social misery, such as an alleged rise in selfish consumerism and a perceived decline in personal responsibility and family commitment, attract controversy.
Contents
Introduction ~ Julia Unwin
Socio-historical chapter setting the scene ~ Josie Harris
The process ~ Charlie Lloyd
Part one: Public voices: The public debate ~ Author tbc
The unheard voices ~ Chris Creegan/NatCen
What ordinary people think are 'solutions' ~ Chris Creegan/ NatCen: Part two: Viewpoints: Introduction ~ David Utting
A decline of values ~ Anthony Browne, Anthony Grayling and Julia Neuberger
Distrust ~ Shaun Bailey and Anna Minton
The absence of society ~ Zygmunt Bauman
Individualism ~ Neal Lawson and Stephen Thake
Inequality ~ Chris Creegan, Ferdinand Mount and Jeremy Seabrook
Part three: Looking forward: A personal vision ~ Matthew Taylor
Conclusion: David Utting
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