Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861347930 Published June 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $81.00 ISBN: 9781861347947 Published June 2010 For sale in North and South America only

Understanding theories and concepts in social policy

Ruth Lister

Understanding theories and concepts in social policy

Ruth Lister

Distributed for Bristol University Press

328 pages
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781861347930 Published June 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $81.00 ISBN: 9781861347947 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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