This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.
‘Welfare’ is a term that has a general, common-sense meaning which is implicit in the word itself: it is about faring well. In the latter part of the 20th century, however, it is a term that came to assume particular significance in the context of the development of political systems and States that have been founded on, or organised around, the principles of welfare. Such States sought to ensure that their citizens were guaranteed certain minimum standards of living (e.g. in terms of health care, education, and pension support for older citizens) and were protected from the adversities that could be suffered, particularly in capitalist economic systems, in times of hardship and economic ...