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Postmodernity and the Fragmentation of Welfare - John Carter

Postmodernity and the Fragmentation of Welfare

By: John Carter (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th May 1998
ISBN: 9780415163927
Number Of Pages: 304

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Postmodern ideas have been vastly influential in the social sciences and beyond. However, their impact on the study of social policy has been minimal. Postmodernity and the Fragmentation of Welfare analyses the potential for a postmodern or cultural turn in welfare as it treats postmodernity as an evolving canon -from the seminal works of Baudrillard, Foucault and Lyotard, through to recent theories of the 'risk society'.
Already disorientated by globalisation, new technologies and the years of new right ascendancy, welfare faces a significant challenge in the postmodern. It suggests that, rather than universality and state provision, the new social policy will be consumerised and fragmented -a welfare state of ambivalence.
With contributions from authors coming from a variety of fields offering very different perspectives on postmodernity and welfare Postmodernity and the Fragmentation of Welfare also keeps social policy's intellectual inheritance in view. By exploring ways in which theorisations of postmodernity might improve understanding of welfare issues in the 1990s and assessing the relevance of theories of diversity and difference to mainstream and critical social policy traditions, this book will be and essential text for all students of social policy, social administration, social work and sociology.

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"It offers as comprehensive and engaging an overview of contemporary issues and dilemmas in social policy...as anyone could wish for." -"American Journal of Sociology

Preludes, introductions and meanings
Postmodern frameworks and social policy
Studying social policy after modernity
Postmodernism, poststructuralism ans social policy
Oppositional postmodern theory and welfare analysis: anti-oppressive practice in a postmodern frame
Quality assurance and evaluation in social work in a postmodern era
Critical social policy and postmodernity
'One step beyond': critical social policy in a 'postmodern' Britain?
Postmodernity and the future of welfare: whose critiques, whose social policy?
Social divisions and social exclusion
New horizons? New insights?: Postmodernising social policy and the case of sexuality
Reopening the gift: race and the critique of normative social policy
Individualisation processes and social policy: insecurity, reflexivity and risk in the restructuring of contemporary British health and housing policies
Governance and new technologies of control in the new social policy
Thriving on chaos? Managerialisation and social welfare
Performativity and fragmentation in 'postmodern schooling'
Post-Betty Fordism and neo-liberal drug policies
Welfare direct: informatics and the emergence of self-service welfare?
Citizenship amid the fragmented nation state
The delivery of welfare: the associationist vision
Globalisation, fragmentation and local welfare citizenship
Postmodernity and social Europe Norman Ginsburg
Name Index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780415163927
ISBN-10: 0415163927
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 11th May 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1