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.

The Conceptual Lens

The Conceptual Lens


Whilst Raymond Williams’ Keywords provides the starting point for the book, a number of other theorists contribute to its conceptual approach. In Chapter 8, for example, the perspective of Michel Foucault and Wendy Brown will be central in understanding human capital and resilience. Authors such as Nancy Fraser and Stuart Hall (1932–2014) will also occasionally take part in this conversation on welfare words. However, in what follows, the particular focus will be on Gramsci and Bourdieu. In addition, reference will be made to Wacquant, those associated with the Autonomist Marxist tradition and Jacques Rancière. Each of these theorists are likely to disagree with the others on fundamental points and none of them provides neat and tidy lines of reasoning ...

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