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Welfare and wellbeing : Richard Titmuss's contribution to social policy - Pete Alcock

Welfare and wellbeing

Richard Titmuss's contribution to social policy

By: Pete Alcock (Editor), Howard Glennerster (Editor), Ann Oakley (Editor), Adrian Sinfield (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th October 2001
ISBN: 9781861342997
Number Of Pages: 256

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Richard Titmuss was Professor of Social Administration at the London School of Economics from 1950 until his death in 1973. His publications on welfare and social policy were radical and wide-ranging, spanning fields such as demography, class inequalities in health, social work, and altruism. Titmuss's work played a critical role in establishing the study of social policy as a scientific discipline; it helped to shape the development of the British Welfare State and influenced thinking about social policy worldwide.Despite its continuing relevance to current social policy issues both in the UK and internationally, much of Titmuss's work is now out of print. This new book brings together a selection of his most important writings on a range of key social policy issues, together with commentary on these from contemporary experts in the field. The book should be read by undergraduate and postgraduate students in social policy and sociology, for many of whom Titmuss remains compulsory reading. It will be of interest to academics and other policy analysts as well as students and academics in political science and social work.

"... this edited volume is an excellent introduction to Titmuss's work and to his pioneering role in establishing the broad contours of the discipline." Journal of Social Policy "This much-needed compilation provides an indispensable guide to the ideas of one of the 20th century's leading writers on social policy whose thinking continues to inform debates. It is essential reading for students and all those interested in the future of our welfare system." Margaret May, Chair UK Social Policy Association "Richard Titmuss remains one of the leading scholars in the discipline of social policy. Much of his best work has been out of print for many years. This excellent collection of essays and commentaries fills a major gap in the literature." Robert Pinker, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science "Excellent. Liked the commentaries. Easy for students to find their way around." Shona Hunter, Institute for Women's Studies, Lancaster University

Sources of extracts
Introductionp. 1
The family, poverty and populationp. 11
Commentary
The nation's wealthp. 17
The summation of povertyp. 23
A measurement of human progressp. 25
The position of womenp. 31
The 'welfare state'p. 41
Commentary
The welfare state: Images and realitiesp. 49
The social division of welfare: Some reflections on the search for equityp. 59
War and social policyp. 71
Unfinished businessp. 81
Redistribution, universality and inequalityp. 97
Commentary
The role of redistribution in social policyp. 103
Welfare state and welfare societyp. 113
Social welfare and the art of givingp. 125
Power, policy and privilegep. 135
Commentary
The irresponsible societyp. 141
The need for a new approachp. 159
International and comparative dimensionsp. 169
Commentary
The international perspectivep. 175
Developing social policy in conditions of rapid change: The role of social welfarep. 185
The subject of social policyp. 193
Commentary
The subject of social administrationp. 199
What is social policy?p. 209
Values and choicesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9781861342997
ISBN-10: 1861342993
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 10th October 2001
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45