`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.

‘A Deplorable Concession to the Shade of Karl Marx’: Class as Agency

‘A Deplorable Concession to the Shade of Karl Marx’: Class as Agency

‘A deplorable concession to the shade of karl marx’: Class as agency

In the previous chapter, we emphasised that class is an objective category – class position being determined by one's relationship to the means of production – and for the adoption of a ‘broad’ and dynamic definition of the working class (Gubbay, 1997). At this level, what class you think you belong to is secondary. But for Marxists, class is also the central collective actor with the potential to engage consciously with the social world re-shaping it anew. From this perspective the class with which one identifies and one's belief in its ability to undertake collective action is vitally important. To distinguish between ...

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