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Biography and social exclusion in Europe : Experiences and life journeys - Prue Chamberlayne

Biography and social exclusion in Europe

Experiences and life journeys

By: Prue Chamberlayne (Editor), Michael Rustin (Editor), Tom Wengraf (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th November 2002
ISBN: 9781861343093
Number Of Pages: 352

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Throughout Europe, standardised approaches to social policy and practice are being radically questioned and modified. Beginning from the narrative detail of individual lives, this book re-thinks welfare predicaments, emphasising gender, generation, ethnic and class implications of economic and social deregulation. Taking an innovative socio-biographical approach to comparative social policy, it argues that understanding individually differentiated biographical resources and strategies provides a bedrock for the appropriate training and effective practice of policy-makers, practitioners and researchers. Based on 250 life-story interviews in seven European Union countries, this work: analyses personal struggles against social exclusion to illuminate local milieus and changing welfare regimes and contexts; points to challenging new agendas for European politics and welfare, beyond the rhetoric of communitarianism and the New Deal; vividly illustrates the lived experience and environmental complexity working for and against structural processes of social exclusion; re-fashions the interpretive tradition as a teaching and research tool linking macro- and micro- realities. Students, academic teachers and professional trainers, practitioners, politicians, policy makers and researchers in applied and comparative welfare fields should all benefit from reading this book.

"a highly exciting and innovative book. This development in ethnographic methods in social research is immensely valuable and relevant to key questions in contemporary societies." Professor Walter Lorenz, Department of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Ireland.

Abbreviationsp. v
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Notes on contributorsp. vii
Introduction: from biography to social policyp. 1
Suffering the fall of the Berlin Wall: blocked journeys in Spain and Germanyp. 23
Guilty victims: social exclusion in contemporary Francep. 41
Premodernity and postmodernity in Southern Italyp. 61
A tale of class differences in contemporary Britainp. 77
The shortest way out of workp. 97
Male journeys into uncertaintyp. 115
Love and emancipationp. 131
Female identities in late modernityp. 151
Gender and family in the development of Greek state and societyp. 175
Corporatist structures and cultural diversity in Swedenp. 193
'Migrants': a target-category for social policy? Experiences of first-generation migrationp. 213
Second-generation transcultural livesp. 229
Biographical work and agency innovation: relationships, reflexivity and theory-in-usep. 247
Conclusions: social transitions and biographical workp. 269
Appendices on method
Discovering biographies in changing social worlds: the biographical-interpretive methodp. 289
Historicising the 'socio', theory, and the constant comparative methodp. 309
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9781861343093
ISBN-10: 1861343094
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th November 2002
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54