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From a Welfare State to a Welfare Society

The Changing Context of Social Policy in a Postmodern Era

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16 March 2000

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The welfare state is being subjected to fundamental re-appraisal. It is now commonly argued that modern Western societies require a new 'moral economy' in which responsibility for welfare and social care is shifted from the...

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The welfare state is being subjected to fundamental re-appraisal. It is now commonly argued that modern Western societies require a new 'moral economy' in which responsibility for welfare and social care is shifted from the state to the family and community. This text critically assesses the range of academic and political debates around the questions such a shift raises, exploring how far social solidarity is possible when social inequality has become so in evidence in the last two decades of the twentieth century.

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Breaks down the boundaries between practical welfare policies and wider social and theoretical debates, linking concepts from sociology and cultural theory to policy making


Topical text which provides a useful guide to emerging issues

An articulate and accessible book that assess a wide range of issues

Introduction: From the Beveridge Welfare State to the Welfare Society
Social Inequality, Civic Integration and Welfare
The Welfare State in Decline?
Society in Decline?
In Search of Community: Communitarianism and Stakeholder Welfare
Social Exclusion and the Poor: When Community Breaks Down
Family Responsibilities and Collective Obligations: Amoral Familism and the Stakeholder Society
Global Economies, Europe and the Future for Family and Community Policy.

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JOHN J RODGER is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at Paisley University, Scotland. He is the author of Family Life and Social Control: A Sociological Perspective.

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JOHN J RODGER is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at Paisley University, Scotland. He is the author of Family Life and Social Control: A Sociological Perspective.

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