The Third Edition of this widely adopted textbook has been thoroughly revised and offers an authoritative and up-to-date coverage of the key theories, concepts, and issues in social policy. This lively and readable text has been designed to provide the essential tools to understand the main theoretical debates surrounding the discipline.
The book is organized into three sections:
Section One offers a detailed but accessible critique of major theoretical approaches such as neo-liberalism, Marxism, feminism and racism;
Section Two explores conceptual debates such as distributive justice and postmodernism;
Section Three engages with contemporary social policy issues such as children, pensions and the role of New Labor;
The new edition of also features newly commissioned chapters to reflect recent developments and current debates within social policy. New areas of consideration include citizenship; post-structuralism; the politics of food; and globalization.
Student exercises and reading lists feature throughout the text and practical examples are skillfully used to illustrate conceptual and theoretical material. Social Policy: Theories, Concepts and Issues is a core textbook for undergraduate social policy students, as well as those studying related welfare modules across the social sciences
Chapter One: Introduction
Many, perhaps most of you, will not be familiar with social policy as an academic discipline and the terrain it explores. Social policy, unlike English or politics or sociology, is not a subject that you will have covered in school, except perhaps as part of the history or citizenship curricula. As a result it is not surprising that many students are a little apprehensive when they first encounter the subject at university. What areas does it deal with? What skills will be needed? How does it relate to other subjects (like politics, history, sociology, economics or criminology)?
To help orientate you to the subject we start this book by trying to define social policy as a subject and outline the perspectives followed in the rest ...