The British Empire is part covered three centuries, five continents and one-quarter of the world's population. Its legacy continues, shaping the societies and welfare policies of much of the modern world. In this book, for the first time, this legacy is explored and analysed. Colonialism and Welfare reveals that social welfare policies, often discriminatory, and challenging to those colonised were introduced and imposed by the 'mother country.' It highlights that there was great diversity in rationales and impacts across the empire, but past developments had a major impact on the development of much of the world's population. Contributions from every continent explore both the diversity and the common themes in the imperial experience. They examine the legacy of colonial welfare - a subject largely neglected by both historians of empire and social policy analysts. This original book shows that social welfare today cannot be understood without understanding the legacy of the British Empire.
Academics, specialised students with an interest in comparative social policy, history of social policy, imperial history, colonialism, and contemporary third world social policy will find this book invaluable to their studies.
Contents: Preface Introduction James Midgley and David Piachaud PART I: OVERVIEW 1. The British Empire and World History: Welfare Imperialism and 'Soft' Power in the Rise and fall of Colonial Rule Joanna Lewis 2. Imperialism, Colonialism and Social Welfare James Midgley PART II: ISSUES AND COUNTRY EXPERIENCES 3. The Colonial Legacy and Social Policy in the British Caribbean John Harrison 4. Race, Inequality and Social Welfare: South Africa's Imperial Legacy Leila Patel 5. Caste, Corporate Disabilities and Compensatory Discrimination in India: Colonial Legacy and Postcolonial Paradox N. Jayaram 6. Colonial Policy and Social Welfare: The Hong Kong Experience Kwong-leung Tang 7. The Poor Laws, Colonialism and Social Welfare: Social Assistance in Zimbabwe Edwell Kaseke 8. Fabianism, Social Policy and Colonialism: The Case of Tanzania David Piachaud 9. The British Influence on Social Security Policy: Provident Funds in Asia and Africa David Piachaud, Edwell Kaseke and James Midgley 10. Higher Education in India: The Legacy of Colonialism Ruth Kattumuri 11. The British Social Policy Legacy in Australia Paul Smyth PART III: CONCLUSION: 12. Conclusion: Interpreting Colonial Welfare James Midgley and David Piachaud Index
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st April 2011
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.48