`I would encourage undergraduates students to read it, for it does summarise well a classical Marxist analysis of social policy and welfare' - Social Policy 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.
‘We are All Classless Nowadays’: The Class Structure Today
As we noted in Chapters 1 and 2, the world is marked by vast and growing inequalities. At the top of the heap are the 450 dollar billionaires, at the bottom the 3 billion who live on less than £1.30 a day. While the minority live with undreamt of wealth and opulence, 840 million people world-wide are malnourished, 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation and one-quarter of the global burden of disease is due to preventable or easily curable diseases such as measles, worm infections and malaria (Health Matters, 2000: 2-3). Such inequalities blight the modern world. Economic inequalities between countries have been widening steadily for ...