Insightful and engaging, Welfare Words provides a critical analysis of social work and social policy in its articulation and discussion of a number of significant words and phrases. Written by an authoritative voice in the field, Paul Michael Garrett makes sense of complex theories which codify everyday experience, giving students and practitioners vital tools to better understand and change their social worlds. Lucid and accessible in style, Garrett offers an innovative approach to the study of Social Welfare, encouraging readers to think critically about the key issues in social work and social policy, including welfare dependency, social inclusion and exclusion, underclasses, anti-social behaviour, and more.




In late 2016, the Irish Health Services Executive (HSE) issued a memo advising nursing staff to remove ‘trespassing’ patients who refused to surrender their beds from overcrowded and crisis-ridden hospitals (Cullen, 2016). The movement from ‘patient’ to ‘trespasser’ provided an example of not only a discursive shift, in that HSE legal advisors stated that nurses could deploy ‘minimum force’ in such instances to remove a ‘trespasser’ refusing to leave a bed once deemed clinically well enough to do so. The nursing unions refused to comply with this new protocol, there was public consternation and the senior managers were compelled to apologise for the controversial memo.

The incident highlights the significance of the use of words within social and health care and the differing practices ...

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