`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.
‘The Bedrock of a Decent, Civilised and Stable Society’: Capitalism and the Family
As we noted in the previous chapter, the family is a key site for the oppression of women and gays. In this chapter we expand this discussion to look at the family and welfare policy. Family-related policy is a central area of state social welfare activity. Social work agencies structure much of their work around notions of ‘family support’ or ‘family intervention’ to manage a range of social problems. Health visitors and community nurses visit families to check on the health and progress of young children or the elderly, taking account of their home environment and family situation in their ...