The Ethics of Welfare

Human Rights, Dependency and Responsibility

Edited by Hartley Dean

The Ethics of Welfare
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Edited by Hartley Dean

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2004
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861345622 Published March 2004 For sale in North and South America only
Britain's New Labour government claims to support the cause of human rights. At the same time, it claims that we can have no rights without responsibility and that dependency on the state is irresponsible. The ethics of welfare offers a critique of this paradox and discusses the ethical conundrum it implies for the future of social welfare.The book: explores the concepts of dependency, responsibility and rights and their significance for social citizenship;draws together findings from a range of recent research that has investigated popular, political, welfare provider and welfare user discourses;discusses, in a UK context, the relevance of the recent Human Rights Act for social policy;presents arguments in favour of a human rights based approach to social welfare.·[vbTab][vbTab]The book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of welfare. It is aimed at students and academics in social policy, social work, sociology, politics and law. It will also interest policy makers and welfare professionals, particularly those concerned with welfare benefits and social care.
List of figures, tables and boxes
Notes on contributors
      Hartley Dean

Part One: Ideological constructions
1. Human rights and welfare rights: contextualising dependency and responsibility
      Hartley Dean
2. Dependency, justice and the ethic of care
      Kathryn Ellis
3. Responsibility and welfare: in search of moral sensibility
      Shane Doheny
Part Two: Popular and welfare provider discourses
4. Popular discourses of dependency, responsibility and rights
      Hartley Dean and Ruth Rogers
5. Fostering a human rights discourse in the provision of social care for adults
      Kathryn Ellis and Ruth Rogers
6. Administering rights for dependent subjects
      Hartley Dean and Ruth Rogers
Part Three. Service user experiences
7. Agency, 'dependency' and welfare: beyond issues of claim and contribution?
      Peter Dwyer
8. Ethical techniques of the self and the 'good jobseeker'
      Ruth Rogers
9. New Labour, citizenship and responsibility: family, community and the obscuring of social relations
      Michael Orton
Part Four: Conclusion
10. Reconceptualising dependency, responsibility and rights
      Hartley Dean

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