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Rethinking Welfare: A Critical Perspective

Ferguson, Iain; Lavalette, Michael and Mooney, Gerry (2002). Rethinking Welfare: A Critical Perspective. UK: Sage Publications Ltd.

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Abstract

The anti-capitalist movement is increasingly challenging the global hegemony of neo-liberalism. The arguments against the neo-liberal agenda are clearly articulated in Rethinking Welfare. The authors highlight the growing inequalities and decimation of state welfare, and use Marxist approaches to contemporary social policy to provide a defence of the welfare state.

Divided into three main sections, the first part of this volume looks at the growth of inequality, and social and environmental degradation.

Part Two centres on the authors' argument for the relevance of core Marxists concepts in aiding our understanding of social policy. This section includes Marxist approaches to a range of welfare issues, and their implications for studying welfare regimes and practices.

Issues covered include:

· Class and class struggle
· Opression
· Alienation and the family

The last part of the book explores the question of globalization and the consequences of international neo-liberalism on indebted countries as well as the neo-liberal agenda of the Conservative and New Labour governments in Britain. The authors conclude with the prospect of an alternative welfare future which may form part of the challenge against global neo-liberalism.

Item Type: Authored Book
ISBN: 0-7619-6417-7, 978-0-7619-6417-9
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 3356
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 10:08
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/3356
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