Understanding theories and concepts in social policy

Ruth Lister

Understanding theories and concepts in social policy

Ruth Lister

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

328 pages
Paper $35.95 ISBN: 9781861347930 Published June 2010 For sale in North and South America only
A central theme of this lively and accessible text is that theory helps us to understand policy, politics and practice. The book combines an in-depth exploration of selected theoretical perspectives and concepts with the student-friendly format of the Understanding Welfare series. The author uses diverse examples from contemporary social policy to help theoretical arguments come alive. It should provide a key text for 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates and postgraduates in social policy and related subjects, as well as their teachers.
Contents
Introduction: laying the groundwork

Part One: Theoretical perspectives in the political arena
Dominant post-war ideological perspectives: from 'middle way' to 'third way' and beyond
Critical perspectives: Marxism, feminism, anti-racism and environmentalism

Part Two: Theoretical perspectives as an analytical tool
Post-Fordism and postmodernism
Social control, regulation and resistance
What's the problem? Social constructionism

Part Three: Concepts
Needs
Citizenship and community
Liberty, equality and social justice
Bringing it all together
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