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.



Caring – Compassionate, concerned; spec. with reference to professional social work, care of the sick or elderly, etc. (Oxford English Dictionary)


The journalist, Madeleine Bunting (2016: 23) avows that care, the verb from which the adjective caring is derived, is

a small word, so pervasive and overloaded with meanings that its significance has often been easy to overlook. It’s the care given by parents that nurtures us into adulthood, and it’s the care given by others that supports us in old age and as we die; and in-between, care is the oft overlooked scaffolding of our lives, on which wellbeing and daily life depend.

Although in recent ...

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