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Participation, Responsibility and Choice: Summoning the Active Citizen in Western European Welfare States

Newman, Janet and Tonkens, Evelien eds. (2011). Participation, Responsibility and Choice: Summoning the Active Citizen in Western European Welfare States. Care and Welfare. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

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Responsibility, participation and choice are key policy framings of active citizenship, summoning the citizen to take on new roles in welfare state reform. This volume traces the emergence of new discourses and the ways in which they take up and rework struggles of social movements for greater independence, power and control. It explores the changing cultural and political inflections of active citizenship in Germany, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Italy and the UK, with ethnographic research complementing policy analysis. The editors then look across the volume to assess some of the tensions and contradictions arising in the turn to active citizenship. Two final chapters address the reworking of citizen/professional relationships and the remaking of public, private and personal responsibilities, with a particular focus on the contribution of feminist research and theory.

Item Type: Edited Book
Copyright Holders: 2011 Janet Newman and Evelien Tonkens
ISBN: 90-8964-275-7, 978-90-8964-275-2
Extra Information: e-ISBN978 90 4851 3437
Keywords: responsibility; participation; choice; welfare states; Europe; care; feminism
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 31232
Depositing User: Janet Newman
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2012 11:33
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:11
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