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The Theorising Irish Social Policy

Theorising Irish Social Policy addresses theoretical and conceptual debates underpinning Irish social policy and is an advanced text for courses in social policy as well as being intended for academics, researchers, policy analysts and policy makers. It will be an invaluable aid for students who in the past were left to their own devices in the task of relating internationally developed themes and frameworks to Irish developments. The book is comprehensive in its choice of themes which include an introductory discussion on locating Irish social policy, followed by chapters written by leading Irish academics on globalisation; communitarianism, social capital and subsidiarity; individualisation; women, autonomy and bodily integrity; fathers, identity and well-being; poverty and insecurity; equity, efficiency and health care; difference and social diversity; rights and judicial activism.Theorising Irish Social Policy is part of the University College Dublin Press series of social policy texts, which include Contemporary Irish Social Policy (1999), Irish Social Policy in Context (1999), Disability and Social Policy in Ireland (2003) and Mental Health and Social Policy in Ireland (forthcoming, 2005).


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Table of Contents

Introduction, Bryan Fanning, Patricia Kennedy, Gabriel Kiely and Suzanne Quin Locating Irish social policy, Bryan Fanning Globalisation, Peadar Kirby Communitarianism, social capital and subsidiarity, Bryan Fanning Individualisation, Gabriel Kiely Women, autonomy and bodily integrity, Patricia Kennedy Fathers, identity and well-being, Michael Rush Poverty and insecurity, Anne Coakley Equity, efficiency and health care, Jo Murphy.

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