Contemporary social policy has never been more vigorously contested. Issues range from single-issue campaigns over housing, social care, hospital closures through to organised movements around disability, environment, health and education. However, the historical and contemporary role played by social movements in shaping social welfare has too often been neglected in standard social policy texts.
"Understanding social welfare movements" is the first text to bring together social policy and social movement studies. Using actual case studies and written in an accessible and engaging style, it will attract a wide readership of undergraduate and postgraduate students, higher education teachers and researchers, stakeholders and activists.
Introductory chapters examine the historical and theoretical relationship between state welfare and social movements. Subsequent chapters outline the historical contribution of various social movements to the creation of the welfare state relating to Beveridge's 'five giants' of idleness, ignorance, squalor, illness and want. The book then examines the contemporary challenge posed by 'new social movements' in relation to the family, discrimination, environment, and global social justice.
The book provides a timely and much needed overview of the changing nature of social welfare as it has been shaped by the demands of social movements.
"This original book relates justice and equity across all forms of social policy. It is especially timely given the social movement mobilisation towards social justice on a global scale."Professor Chris Rootes (University of Kent) "Until now, studies of social welfare and social movements have pursued largely separate tracks. The authors of this book bring them together, opening a new world of questions. This argumentative and lively book will leap onto 'must-read' lists." Colin Barker, Manchester Metropolitan University "The relationship between social movements and welfare is crucial for an understanding of the conditions of the modern welfare state. In a most relevant and illuminating way Annetts et al. analyse these interrelated social phenomena; as welfare again - surely - will be a central political issue for years to come, the book provides the reader with profound insights regarding the role of social movements in relation to processes of social welfare and the welfare state." Dr Magnus Ring, Lund University, Sweden "A perceptive, illuminating analysis of the extra-parliametary social movements that have reshaped the political and cultural landscape of modern Britain." Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner
Introduction; Part one: Social movements and welfare: Ideology, history and theory: Protest and principle in state welfare; The making of modern welfare movements; Theorising social welfare movements; Part two: Social movements and the classical welfare state: Fighting idleness and want: the unemployed workers' movement; Fighting sickness: the women's health movement; Fighting squalor: urban social movements; Fighting ignorance: education movements; Part three: Contemporary social movements and social welfare: Contesting the family: LBTG and conservative counter movements; Contesting discrimination: anti-racist movements; Contesting pollution: eco-welfare movements; Contesting neoliberalism: global justice movements; Conclusion.
Series: Understanding Welfare: Social Issues, Policy and Practice Series
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 8th July 2009
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.2
Weight (kg): 0.54