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Understanding theories and concepts in social policy
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UNDERSTANDING THEORIES AND CONCEPTS IN SOCIAL POLICY

PAPERBACK BY LISTER, RUTH

£21.99

ISBN
9781861347930
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POLICY PRESS
 
 
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POLICY PRESS
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FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
328 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
01 JUN 2010

DESCRIPTION

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.