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Theorising Welfare
Enlightenment and Modern Society


June 1998 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This introductory text sets out seven important theoretical perspectives through which to make sense of historical and contemporary changes in, and struggles around, social welfare systems and provisions. Through examination of liberalism, Marxism, neo-liberalism, post-structuralism, political economy, political ecology, and postmodernism, the authors provide an introduction to the theoretical frameworks within which the sociological perspectives on welfare have been formulated. At the same time they highlight some of the social and political contexts within which the concepts, categories, and logics of these theories are situated. They also examine core issues such as the point of theory in the analysis of welfare and present definitions of theory, social welfare, the welfare state, and the state. The book shows how social theories construct the relationships between state, society, economy, culture, environment, production, consumption, and other forms of individual and collective action and experience. It is specifically written for social policy studentsùto lay the foundation of knowledge that will inform every facet of their undergraduate work.

 
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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