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.



Resilience – The action or an act of rebounding or springing back; rebound, recoil. (Oxford English Dictionary)


Resilience is a prominent welfare word within the ‘self-help’, ‘life skills’ and ‘coaching’ book market1. Here bestselling titles, many of them originating in the United States, include The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey, 1989), The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles (Reivich and Shatte, 2002), The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Thrive Under Pressure and Bounce Back from Setbacks (Siebert, 2005), The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life (Brooks and Goldstein, 2006). Each title ...

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