Developing a spatial social policy: taking stock and looking to the future

Clarke, John (2019). Developing a spatial social policy: taking stock and looking to the future. In: Whitworth, Adam ed. Towards a Spatial Social Policy: Bridging the Gap Between Geography and Social Policy. Bristol: Bristol University Press, pp. 201–215.

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Abstract

This book brings about a long overdue, and much needed, encounter between social policy and geography. Now that it has finally arrived, we can see some of the possibilities and problems that might be at stake in developing the encounter into a more long-running dialogue. Here my aim is to reflect back on some of the issues and arguments that emerged in the preceding chapters and their implications for the study of social pololicy. Later, I tryt to pick out two or three themes that might add to the potential conversation between geography and social policy by thinking a little further about ways in which space, place and policy are entangled. The chapter is written from the perspective of an occasionally disaffected social policy scholar who had the good fortune to mix with geographers who taught him the benefits of ‘taking geography seriously’ (Massey and Allen, 1984).

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