Social Policies and Social Control

New Perspectives on the 'Not-So-Big Society'

Edited by Malcolm Harrison and Teela Sanders

Edited by Malcolm Harrison and Teela Sanders

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447310747 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
This book offers an innovative account of social-control and behaviorist thinking in social policies and welfare systems and the impact it has had on disadvantaged groups. The contributors review various controls and impulsions that have been applied to individuals and households and how such interventions have narrowed social rights. They illuminate the links between social control developments, welfare systems, and the liberalization of economics, and they highlight the negative impact that behaviorist assumptions—and the subsequent strategies that have grown out of them—have had on the disadvantaged. Overall the volume provides a cutting-edge critical engagement with contemporary policy developments. 
Emma Wincup | University of Leeds
“This unique collection asks important normative and evaluative questions about techniques used to ‘responsibilise’ citizens, illustrating vividly the wider implications of the ceaseless pursuit of moral welfare on arguably the most ‘vulnerable’ groups.”
Lee Gregory, University of Birmingham | LSE Review of Books
“Social Policies and Social Control offers a text which cuts through a range of policy domains to bring new insights on one cross cutting concept in policy analysis: social control. . . . An invaluable resource for students of social policy.”
Contents

Part 1: Setting the scene
Introduction

   ~ Malcolm Harrison and Teela Sanders


Social policy and the new behaviourism: towards a more excluding society

   ~ Malcolm Harrison with Laura Hemingway


Beyond protection: ‘the vulnerable’ in the age of austerity

   ~ Kate Brown


Part 2: Policies, practices and implications in specific domains
Welfare reform and the valorisation of work: is work really the best form of welfare?

   ~ Ruth Patrick


Sanctuary or sanctions: children, social worth and social control in the UK asylum process

   ~ Ala Sirriyeh


New Labour, the coalition government and disciplined communities

   ~ Andrew Wallace


Young people, education, families and communities: marginalised hopes and dreams?

   ~ Doug Martin


Choice, control and user influence in health and social care

   ~ Gabrielle Mastin


Patient responsibilities, social determinants of health and nudges: the case of organ donation

   ~ Ana Manzano


Nudged into employment: lone parents and welfare reform

   ~ Laura Davies


Welfare reform and drug policy: coalition, continuity and change

   ~ Mark Monaghan


Regulating social housing: expectations for behaviour of tenants

   ~ Jenny McNeill


Part 3: Conclusions
Concluding thoughts: the consequences of a ‘not-so-big society’

   ~ Teela Sanders

 

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