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Theorising Welfare
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Theorising Welfare
Enlightenment and Modern Society



April 1998 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
' Theorising Welfare is very well written and painstakingly clear. It is an accessible and original textbook on the welfare state and the idea of welfare. There is nothing available like it in terms of its scope and intellectual sweep' - Scott Lash, University of Lancaster

There are many interpretations of welfare and welfare states, each providing insights into different aspects of welfare and pointing to different possibilities for its future. Theorising Welfare provides a guide to these debates through an examination of seven theoretical perspectives - liberalism, Marxism, neo-liberalism, post-structuralism, political economy, political ecology and postmodernism - situating them within their historical and political contexts.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: ENLIGHTENMENT AND PROGRESS
 
Liberalism
 
Marxism
 
PART TWO: AGAINST ENLIGHTENMENT: QUESTIONS ON POWER AND KNOWLEDGE
 
Neo-Liberalism
 
Poststructuralism
 
PART THREE: POST-ENLIGHTENMENT PROBLEMATICS
 
Political Economy
 
Political Ecology
 
Postmodernism
 
Critiques and Conclusion

`Very well written and painstakingly clear. It is an accessible and original textbook on the welfare state and the idea of welfare. There is nothing available like it in terms of its scope and intellectual sweep' - Scott Lash, University of Lancaster


An essential read for social policy students.

Miss Martina Kirlew
Health and Social Care, Univ. of Bolton
July 15, 2014

Excellent book, it addresses the sociological, political, economical aspects of the welfare state incorporating all perspectives.

Mrs Philomena Hughes
Higher Education, Blackburn College
March 3, 2014

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