Political Science

Fighting Poverty, Inequality and Injustice

A Manifesto Inspired by Peter Townsend

Author: Walker, Alan,Sinfield, Adrian,Carol Walker

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847427146

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

View: 4630

This important book brings together many of the leading contributors in the field and provides a compelling manifesto for change in social justice.
Social Science

Money for everyone

Why we need a citizen's income

Author: Torry, Malcolm

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447311264

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 9953

Due to government cuts, the benefits system is currently a hot topic. In this timely book, a Citizen’s Income (sometimes called a Basic Income) is defined as an unconditional, non-withdrawable income for every individual as a right of citizenship. This much-needed book, written by an experienced researcher and author, is the first for over a decade to analyse the social, economic and labour market advantages of a Citizen's Income in the UK. It demonstrates that it would be simple and cheap to administer, would reduce inequality, enhance individual freedom and would be good for the economy, social cohesion, families, and the employment market. It also contains international comparisons and links with broader issues around the meaning of poverty and inequality, making a valuable contribution to the debate around benefits. Accessibly written, this is essential reading for policy-makers, researchers, teachers, students, and anyone interested in the future of our society and our economy
Business & Economics

The Feasibility of Citizen's Income

Author: Malcolm Torry

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137530782

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 286

View: 4499

This book is the first full-length treatment of the desirability and feasibility of implementing a citizen’s income (also known as a basic income). It tests for two different kinds of financial feasibility as well as for psychological, behavioral, administrative, and political viability, and then assesses how a citizen’s income might find its way through the policy process from proposal to implementation. Drawing on a wide variety of sources of evidence from around the world, this new book from the director of the Citizen’s Income Trust, UK, provides an essential foundation for policy and implementation debates. Governments, think tanks, economists, and public servants will find this thorough encompassing book indispensable to their consideration of the economic and social advantages and practicalities of a basic income.
Social Science

Disability and the welfare state in Britain

Changes in perception and policy 1948–79

Author: Hampton, Jameel

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447316436

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 6939

Created during and after the Second World War, the British Welfare State seemed to promise welfare for all, but, in its original form, excluded millions of disabled people. This book examines attempts in the subsequent three decades to reverse this exclusion. It is the first to contextualise disability historically in the welfare state and under each government of the period. It looks at how disability policy and perceptions were slow to change as a welfare issue, which is very timely in today’s climate of austerity. It also provides the first major analysis of the Disablement Income Group, one of the most powerful pressure groups in the period and the 1972 Thalidomide campaign and its effect on the Heath government. Given the recent emergence of the history of disability in Britain as a major area of research, the book will be ideal for academics, students and activists seeking a better understanding of the topic.
Political Science

The Peter Townsend Reader

Author: Peter Townsend

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 184742404X

Category: Political Science

Page: 678

View: 2144

This reader brings together for the first time a collection of Peter Townsend's most distinctive work, allowing readers to review the changes that have taken place over the past six decades, and reflect on issues that have returned to the fore today.
Social Science

Belief and ageing

Spiritual pathways in later life

Author: Coleman, Peter G.

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847429408

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

View: 3504

Based on 40 years' interviewing experience, this book illustrates the variety of religious, spiritual and other beliefs held by older people. It provides models of research procedure, especially in the context of bereavement. Participants include not only British Christians, but also Muslims, Humanists and witnesses of the Soviet persecution of religion. The author argues that both welfare professionals and gerontologists need to pay far more consideration to belief as a constituent of well-being in later life. The book looks to the future and increasing diversity of choice in matters of belief among Britain and Europe's older citizens as a consequence of immigration and globalisation.
Political Science

Injustice (revised Edition)

Why Social Inequality Still Persists

Author: Daniel Dorling,Dorling, Danny

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447320751

Category: Political Science

Page: 473

View: 6239

In the five years since the first edition of Danny Dorling's Injustice was published, poverty, hunger, and destitution have increased dramatically in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Globally, the richest 1% have never held a greater share of world wealth, while the share held by most of the other 99% has collapsed, with more and more people in debt, especially the young. And as long as we tolerate the injustices that underpin this inequality, it will persist and, terrifyingly, continue to grow. This fully rewritten and updated edition of Dorling's approachable yet authoritative, hard-hitting, and uncompromising book revisits his claim that the five social evils identified by Beveridge at the dawn of the British welfare state (ignorance, want, idleness, squalor, and disease) are being replaced by five new tenets of injustice: elitism is efficient; exclusion is necessary; prejudice is natural; greed is good; and despair is inevitable. By showing these beliefs are unfounded, Dorling offers hope of a more equal society even in these most remarkable and dangerous times. With every year that passes, it is more evident that Dorling's call to action is essential reading for anyone concerned with social justice.
Social Science

Contemporary Grandparenting

Changing Family Relationships in Global Contexts

Author: Sara Arber,Virpi Timonen

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 184742967X

Category: Social Science

Page: 270

View: 6696

With rampant changes to family structures over the past decades, grandparenting has gained new and profound social and economic significance. Despite its importance, however, grandparenting's many dimensions are still poorly understood. Contemporary Grandparenting provides a much-needed corrective to this. The first book to take a sociological approach to the new roles grandparents have, it combines new theories with up-to-date empirical findings in an effort to document the changing nature--across the globe-- of these important family members. Taking up this unprecedented task, the contributors here analyze how grandparenting changes under different welfare states and within different cultural contexts. It examines a range of specific topics, such as the breakdown of the nuclear family and the gender roles of grandfathers. Sensitive to the conflicting norms and expectations grandparents face, this book shows how they can act to forge new identities within today's powerful societal and cultural constraints

Critical Perspectives on User Involvement

Author: Marian Barnes,Phil Cotterell

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847427502

Category: Medical

Page: 269

View: 7118

This original and insightful reader provides a critical stock take of the state of user involvement and will be an important resource for students studying health and social care and social work, researchers and user activists.
Social Science

Social Work in Extremis

Lessons for Social Work Internationally

Author: Michael Lavalette,Vasilios Ioakimidis

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847427189

Category: Social Science

Page: 191

View: 9963

This important book looks at social work responses in different countries to extreme social, economic and political situations including war situations, military regimes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
Social Science

Social Justice and Social Policy in Scotland

Author: Gerry Mooney,Gill Scott

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847427022

Category: Social Science

Page: 281

View: 4069

A critical engagement with the state of social policy a decade after Scotland's devolution in the UK, this book focuses on the successive Scottish administration's key vision of greater social justice as it pertains to the analysis of its social policy. Arguing that such analysis must be located in wider debates about social justice, it shows how the devolution process has affected the making, implementation, and impact of Scotland's social programs. Looking at a range of topics, including income inequality, work and welfare, criminal justice, housing, education, and health, the contributors to this volume offer a comprehensive look at the ways administrative vision has been translated—or not—into effective policy.
Political Science

Childhood Poverty and Social Exclusion

From a Child's Perspective

Author: Tess Ridge

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1861343620

Category: Political Science

Page: 178

View: 7789

Without a deeper understanding of poverty as a lived experience in childhood, policies targeted at eradicating child poverty may fail. This book presents an opportunity to understand the issues and concerns that low-income children themselves identify as important.
Social Science

The Short Guide to Community Development 2e

Author: Alison Gilchrist,Marilyn Taylor

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447327837

Category: Social Science

Page: 209

View: 6442

Interest in the topic of ‘community’ – and how local communities can be supported to take control of their lives, services and environment – continues to ride high on the public agenda in many parts of the world. Now in its second edition, this invaluable guide provides an introduction to community development, its origins and the different forms it takes. It has been updated to reflect developments in policy and practice, as well as recent debates about the changing nature of community development itself. Crucially, it explores how community development can be applied in different policy areas, examines trends and the challenges it faces. Accessibly written, this is essential reading for students studying a degree or taking a module in this field, as well as those already involved in community development and community organising.
Family & Relationships

Biographical Methods and Professional Practice

An International Perspective

Author: Chamberlayne, Prue,Bornat, Joanna,Ursula Apitzsch

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1861344937

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 340

View: 404

Biographical methods combine a focus on lifetime individual experience as a component of understanding human agency with an examination of interactions with social structures & institutions. This text provides examples of how such approaches have been applied in practice settings & in policy initiatives.
Political Science

Understanding the Policy Process (second Edition)

Analysing Welfare Policy and Practice

Author: Hudson, John,Lowe, Stuart

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781847422675

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

View: 2223

The heart of the Beveridge welfare state is under severe pressure, as forces such as globalisation and technical progress call into question established beliefs about what governments can and should do. This title draws on the latest social science research to explain how and why such policy change occurs.
Social Science

How Inequality Runs in Families

Unfair Advantage and the Limits of Social Mobility

Author: Gideon Calder

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447331532

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

View: 9031

In the UK, as in other rich countries, the ‘playing-field’ is anything but level and the family plays a surprisingly crucial part in maintaining inequality. This book explores how seemingly mundane aspects of family life raise fundamental questions of social justice and calls for a rethink of what equality of opportunity means.
Social Science

Social work and poverty

Author: Lester Parrott

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447307941

Category: Social Science

Page: 167

View: 1471

Social work and poverty: A critical approach provides a timely review of the key issues facing social workers and service users in working together to combat poverty, covering key areas including access to food, obesity and drug use.
Social Science

Critical Perspectives on Ageing Societies

Author: Miriam Bernard,Thomas Scharf

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781861348906

Category: Social Science

Page: 185

View: 2510

This important new book brings together some of the best known international scholars working within a critical gerontology perspective. Together, they review and update our understanding of how the field has developed over the last twenty-five years and, through the lens of 'passionate scholarship', provide a challenging assessment of the complex practical and ethical issues facing older people, and those who conduct research on ageing, in the 21st century. The contributions extend the critical gerontological approach conceptually, methodologically and practically. They offer close and scholarly analysis of policies affecting the lives of older people and provide insights into why research is done in particular ways. Special attention is paid to feminist contributions and new approaches to working in partnership with older people; age discrimination and ageism; the impact of neo-liberal policies and the passage of various human rights instruments; the re-medicalisation of later life; the participation of older people in research; and justice between generations. The editors and contributors offer suggestions for promoting change, and an exciting set of visions and perspectives for the renewal and development of critical gerontology in the years ahead."Critical Perspectives on Ageing Societies" will be a valuable resource for all students, academics and practitioners interested in ageing and the life course.
Health & Fitness

A New Health and Care System

Escaping the Invisible Asylum

Author: Alex Fox

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447341678

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

View: 7729

This book outlines a new, human focussed model for public services – an approach focused on achieving and maintaining wellbeing, rather than on reacting to crisis or attempting to ‘fix’ people.