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The ethics of welfare : Human rights, dependency and responsibility - Hartley Dean

The ethics of welfare

Human rights, dependency and responsibility

By: Hartley Dean (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th March 2004
ISBN: 9781861345622
Number Of Pages: 224

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Britain's New Labour government claims to support the cause of human rights. At the same time, it claims that we can have no rights without responsibility and that dependency on the state is irresponsible. The ethics of welfare offers a critique of this paradox and discusses the ethical conundrum it implies for the future of social welfare. The book explores the extent to which rights to welfare are related to human inter-dependency on the one hand and the ethics of responsibility on the other. Its intention is to kick start a fresh debate about the moral foundations of social policy and welfare reform. The book: explores the concepts of dependency, responsibility and rights and their significance for social citizenship; draws together findings from a range of recent research that has investigated popular, political, welfare provider and welfare user discourses; discusses, in a UK context, the relevance of the recent Human Rights Act for social policy; presents arguments in favour of a human rights based approach to social welfare. The book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of welfare. It is aimed at students and academics in Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Politics and Law. It will also interest policy makers and welfare professionals, particularly those concerned with welfare benefits and social care.

"A stimulating contribution to the debate about the rights and obligations of citizenship." Alan Deacon, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

List of figures, tables and boxesp. iv
Acknowledgementsp. vi
Notes on contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Ideological constructions
Human rights and welfare rights: contextualising dependency and responsibilityp. 7
Dependency, justice and the ethic of carep. 29
Responsibility and welfare: in search of moral sensibilityp. 49
Popular and welfare provider discourses
Popular discourses of dependency, responsibility and rightsp. 69
Fostering a human rights discourse in the provision of social care for adultsp. 89
Administering rights for dependent subjectsp. 111
Service user experiences
Agency, 'dependency' and welfare: beyond issues of claim and contribution?p. 135
Ethical techniques of the self and the 'good jobseeker'p. 155
New Labour, citizenship and responsibility: family, community and the obscuring of social relationsp. 173
Reconceptualising dependency, responsibility and rightsp. 193
Indexp. 211
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ISBN: 9781861345622
ISBN-10: 1861345623
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 24th March 2004
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34