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Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy

Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy Author Ruth Lister
ISBN-10 9781861347930
Release 2010-06
Pages 311
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"This is an admirably clear and comprehensive account of the theories and concepts of contemporary social policy. Excellent and essential for undergraduate and postgraduate social policy and social theory courses."-Fiona Williams, Professor of Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK "Theory has rarely been so interesting, lively, engaging and real. Ruth Lister has produced a text of great scholarship and a tour de force."-Saul Becker, Professor of Social Policy and Social Care, University of Nottingham, UK This key text from the best-selling Understanding Welfare series provides a unique understanding of the main theoretical perspectives and concepts used in social policy and related disciplines in a student-friendly format. A central theme is that theory helps us to understand policy, politics and practice. Written by a leading authority in UK social policy, the book uses diverse contemporary examples to help theoretical arguments come alive and uses summaries and additional resources to help students and their teachers in their learning. Rather than presenting abstract theory, it demonstrates the relationship between theory and political and policy debates so that students can see the relevance to their own lives. It will be essential reading for second- and third-year undergraduates and postgraduates in social policy, social theory and related subjects, as well as their teachers.

The Politics of Parental Leave Policies

The Politics of Parental Leave Policies Author Sheila B. Kamerman
ISBN-10 9781847429032
Release 2011-01
Pages 296
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The politics of parental leave policies addresses how and why, and by whom, particular policies are created and subsequently developed in particular countries. It examines the factors that bring about variations in leave policy, covering fifteen countries in Europe and beyond, and the European Union.

Social Policy

Social Policy Author Michael Lavalette
ISBN-10 9781446236673
Release 2005-11-15
Pages 336
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The Third Edition of this widely adopted textbook has been thoroughly revised and offers an authoritative and up-to-date coverage of the key theories, concepts and issues in social policy. The lively and readable text has been designed to provide students with the essential tools to gain a clear understanding of the theoretical debates surrounding the discipline. The book is organized into three parts: • Part One offers a detailed but accessible critique of major theoretical approaches such as neo-liberalism, Marxism, feminism and racism; • Part Two explores conceptual debates such as distributive justice and postmodernism; • PArt Three engages with contemporary social policy issues such as children, pensions and the role of New Labour. It also features newly commissioned chapters to reflect recent developments and current debates within social policy. New areas of consideration include: • Citizenship • Post-structuralism • The politics of food • Globalization Student exercises and reading lists feature throughout the text and practical examples are skilfully used to illustrate conceptual and theoretical material, making it the ideal core textbook for undergraduate social policy students, as well as those studying related welfare modules across the social sciences.

Understanding the Policy Process third Edition

Understanding the Policy Process  third Edition Author Hudson, John
ISBN-10 9781847422682
Release 2009-03-26
Pages 336
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The heart of the Beveridge welfare state is under severe pressure, as forces such as globalisation and technical progress call into question established beliefs about what governments can and should do. This title draws on the latest social science research to explain how and why such policy change occurs.

Understanding Social Networks

Understanding Social Networks Author Charles Kadushin
ISBN-10 9780199920815
Release 2012-01-02
Pages 264
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Despite the swift spread of social network concepts and their applications and the rising use of network analysis in social science, there is no book that provides a thorough general introduction for the serious reader. Understanding Social Networks fills that gap by explaining the big ideas that underlie the social network phenomenon. Written for those interested in this fast moving area but who are not mathematically inclined, it covers fundamental concepts, then discusses networks and their core themes in increasing order of complexity. Kadushin demystifies the concepts, theories, and findings developed by network experts. He selects material that serves as basic building blocks and examples of best practices that will allow the reader to understand and evaluate new developments as they emerge. Understanding Social Networks will be useful to social scientists who encounter social network research in their reading, students new to the network field, as well as managers, marketers, and others who constantly encounter social networks in their work.

Welfare Theory

Welfare Theory Author Tony Fitzpatrick
ISBN-10 0333778421
Release 2001
Pages 222
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Welfare Theory has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Welfare Theory also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Welfare Theory book for free.

Understanding Human Need

Understanding Human Need Author Hartley Dean
ISBN-10 9781847421890
Release 2010-02-10
Pages 217
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This book provides an accessible overview of human needs, exploring how they may be translated into rights. It also looks at how social policy can be informed by a politics of human need.

Child Welfare and Social Policy

Child Welfare and Social Policy Author Harry Hendrick
ISBN-10 9781861345660
Release 2005
Pages 558
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A one-stop introduction to the key concepts, issues, policies and practices affecting child welfare, this title places particular emphasis on the changing nature of the relationship between child welfare and social policy.

Comparative Social Policy

Comparative Social Policy Author Jochen Clasen
ISBN-10 0631207740
Release 1999-01-26
Pages 296
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Comparative Social Policy provides students with an introduction to cross-national social policy research, conveying the fascinating and challenging issues involved in conducting research of this kind. The book examines the theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches, discusses prevailing concepts and reflects on methodological difficulties.

The Student s Companion to Social Policy

The Student s Companion to Social Policy Author Pete Alcock
ISBN-10 9781118965948
Release 2016-07-11
Pages 600
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This fully updated and expanded edition of the bestselling Student’s Companion to Social Policy charts the latest developments, research, challenges, and controversies in the field in a concise, authoritative format. Provides students with the analytical base from which to investigate and evaluate key concepts, perspectives, policies, and outcomes at national and international levels Features a new section on devolution and social policy in the UK; enhanced discussion of international and comparative issues; and new coverage of ‘nudge’-based policies, austerity politics, sustainable welfare, working age conditionality, social movements, policy learning and transfer, and social policy in the BRIC countries Offers essential information for anyone studying social policy, from undergraduates on introductory courses to those pursuing postgraduate or professional programmes Accompanied by updated online resources to support independent learning and skill development with chapter overviews, study questions, guides to key sources and career opportunities, a key term glossary, and more Written by a team of experts working at the forefront of social policy

Understanding Race and Ethnicity

Understanding  Race  and Ethnicity Author Gary Craig
ISBN-10 9781847427700
Release 2012
Pages 312
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Most societies in the developed world are now multicultural, but their welfare systems have largely failed to address the issues and tensions associated with the growth of minority ethnic populations. Taking the United Kingdom as an exemplary case study, Understanding “Race” and Ethnicity combines historical and theoretical approaches to the study of the intersection of race and welfare and examines how minorities experience welfare in a range of settings. Informative and inspiring, this book will be essential for anyone striving to build a society that is equal, inclusive, and just for all.

Social Policy

Social Policy Author Gillian Pascall
ISBN-10 9781134857951
Release 2002-09-11
Pages 288
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No-one can hope to understand the workings of the welfare state without first appreciating women's part in it. In the past decade the significance of the gendering of welfare states has become widely accepted, extensively charted in research, and more systematically theorized. Building on her earlier work, in Social Policy: A New Feminist Analysis Gillian Pascall confronts the challenges and outlines the developments that have taken place during the eleven years since its first publication. This new edition also reflects extensive social changes in women's participation at work, educational achievement, security in marriage; and policy changes aimed at producing a mixed economy of welfare, increasing family responsibility in health, community care, housing, education and income security. It examines the changing pattern of welfare provision, with increasing reliance on women's unpaid work, the gendered nature of UK welfare structures, the continuing dependence of women on men's incomes and on welfare benefits, the public/private divide, women's non-citizenship as carers for young and old; and the changing political climate of the 1980's and 1990's. Social Policy: A New Feminist Analysis covers traditional policy areas, which makes it ideal reading for students of health, housing, social security and education as well as courses about women.

Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy

Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy Author Sudha Menon
ISBN-10 1773613278
Release 2017-11
Pages 249
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The very nature of social policy is that it poses to be very simplistic if one aspect is considered but proves to be very complex if it is looked as a whole. To understand the complex concept of social policy, we have very limited sources. Here lies the relevance of this textbook.. As the name "understanding theories and concepts in social policy" suggests, this book explains the concept of social policy as a whole. Humans are constantly in pursuit of improving and developing their lives. This is clearly evident as man constantly reforms the areas of education, health care, labor, criminal justice, and social care among many others. This textbook outlines the broad scope of social policy as an area of study and introduces the reader to major theories and concepts within the discipline of social policy. It critically examines theoretical approaches such as Liberalism, Marxism, Social Democracy, neo-liberalism, post-modernism etc. as well as approaches from the perspective of social movements, especially feminism. In addition to that, the book also discusses sensitive topics, which are important part of social policy, like community and citizenship, equality and social justice, needs, liberty and freedom, and challenges and future directions. The central theme of this book is to develop an understanding of the links between social policy theory, ideology, policy, and politics and practice so that readers can see the relevance to their own lives. It also explores different perspectives and visions on social policy and their implications for understanding and addressing major social problems in society. Central to the current study of social policy is the recognition that society is divided by differences such as age, gender, income, ethnicity and so forth. The writing of this textbook has been truly a collective effort. It has been benefitted and blessed from the inputs received from various field experts and laureates in various sorts of forms, from university professors and school teachers and many other forces which are not mentioned here. In writing this textbook our sincere effort has been to address the concerns raised regarding the obsolete ideologies and stereotypes against social policy by various practitioners. We have tried to collect various suggestions by the experts in this field under one roof for the convenience of the readers and students alike. Furthermore, we have given points and counterpoints on the topics discussed, to engage the students and make the chapters lot more interesting. In keeping with the general guidelines, we have tried to reduce the load and attempted to make it as comprehensible as we can for the students and readers referring to this textbook. How far we have succeeded in our efforts, is left for the students and readers of this textbook to judge. We hope that students who go through this textbook will develop a proper scientific attitude and perspective for analyzing the social policy within the world around them.We take great pleasure in placing this textbook in the hands of students, readers and teachers and also express our sincerest gratitude to all those who have provided their unstinted support in its writing and production.

An Introduction to Social Policy

An Introduction to Social Policy Author Peter Dwyer
ISBN-10 9781446280843
Release 2013-03-15
Pages 224
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An Introduction to Social Policy explores essential welfare topics, themes and issues for students studying social policy or related disciplines such as sociology, social work, or nursing and social care. - Part One examines key concepts including welfare, social justice, diversity and health and well-being. - Part Two explores policy issues in relation to key stages of the lifecourse. - Part Three takes a comparative perspective, discussing the international issues and supranational bodies that impact on British and European social policy today. The concise chapters define the key terms and outline the central debates, giving students a fundamental foundation for their degree. Chapter overviews and summaries guide readers through the book, and questions for reflection conclude each chapter to test readers' knowledge. This book is essential reading for all students of social policy and the social sciences, as well as those taking joint honours programmes in social work, sociology, criminology, politics and social care. Peter Dwyer is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Salford. Sandra Shaw is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Salford.

The UK Social Policy Process

The UK Social Policy Process Author Catherine Bochel
ISBN-10 0333753402
Release 2004
Pages 225
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The UK Social Policy Process examines the wide range of factors that influence social policies and their outcomes. Devolution, modernization, reform of the public services, emphases on public participation and on what works in the delivery of welfare are all impacting on and shaping social policy. Combining coverage of theoretical perspectives with discussion of institutional change, this book provides an examination of the policy process and social policy, from agenda setting to implementation and evaluation.

Health Inequality

Health Inequality Author Mel Bartley
ISBN-10 9780745691138
Release 2016-12-05
Pages 264
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At a time when social inequalities are increasing at an alarming rate, this new edition of Mel Bartleyï¿1⁄2s popular book is a vital resource for understanding the extent of health inequalities and why they are proving to be persistent despite decades of growing knowledge and policies on the issue. As in the first edition, by examining influences of social class, income, culture and wealth as well as gender, ethnicity and other factors in identity, this accessible book provides a key to understanding the major theories and explanations of what lies behind inequality in health. Bartley re-situates the classic behavioural, psycho-social, and material approaches within a life-course perspective. Evaluating the evidence of health outcomes over time and at local and national levels, Bartley argues that individual social integration demands closer attention if health inequality is to be tackled effectively, revealing the important part that identity plays in relation to the chances of a long and healthy life. Health Inequality will be essential reading for students taking courses in the sociology of health and illness, social policy and welfare, health sciences, public health and epidemiology and all those interested in understanding the consequences of social inequality for health.

Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland

Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland Author Gerry Mooney
ISBN-10 9781847427021
Release 2012
Pages 281
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A critical engagement with the state of social policy a decade after Scotland's devolution in the UK, this book focuses on the successive Scottish administration's key vision of greater social justice as it pertains to the analysis of its social policy. Arguing that such analysis must be located in wider debates about social justice, it shows how the devolution process has affected the making, implementation, and impact of Scotland's social programs. Looking at a range of topics, including income inequality, work and welfare, criminal justice, housing, education, and health, the contributors to this volume offer a comprehensive look at the ways administrative vision has been translated—or not—into effective policy.