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Not so New Labour : A sociological critique of New Labour's policy and practice - Simon Prideaux

Not so New Labour

A sociological critique of New Labour's policy and practice

Paperback Published: 23rd March 2005
ISBN: 9781861344595
Number Of Pages: 176

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New Labour has concentrated many of its social policy initiatives on reinvigorating the family, community and work in the paid labour market. But just how 'new' are the ideas driving New Labour's policy and practice? In this book Simon Prideaux shows how New Labour has drawn on the ideas and premises of functionalism, which dominated British and American sociological thought during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The book: provides an accessible overview of the theories that underpin the policies of New Labour, including the often labyrinthine theories of Talcott Parsons, Amitai Etzioni and Anthony Giddens; examines the ideas of Charles Murray and John Macmurray, a philosopher publicly admired by Tony Blair; looks at the sociological origin of debates and controversies that surround the provision of welfare in both the US and UK; considers the alienating effects that New Deal schemes may have in Britain today. Not so New Labour's innovative approach to the analysis of social policy under New Labour will be valuable to academics, students and researchers in social policy, sociology, politics and applied social studies.

"A unique book that presents an original perspective on the American influence on British social policy under Tony Blair's New Labour by debating interesting new evidence from functionalist theory. Highly recommended." Luke Martell, Department of Sociology, University of Sussex

Introductionp. 1
Functionalism and society : Talcott Parsons and the American hegemony in sociologyp. 7
From organisational theory to the new communitarian movement of Amitai Etzionip. 33
John Macmurray, the Parsonian conflict and the 'forgotten' lessons on communityp. 57
Norms and the dysfunctional 'underclass' : a convenient yet complementary critique from the new rightp. 77
Functionalism and the 'third way' : work, 'opportunity' and new labour's support for the 'family' institutionp. 103
Conclusionp. 131
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ISBN: 9781861344595
ISBN-10: 1861344597
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 23rd March 2005
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27