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My Name Is Joe [DVD] [1998] <b>DVD</b> ~ Peter Mullan
My Name Is Joe [DVD] [1998] DVD ~ Peter Mullan
I was captivated by the idea of a social worker falling for a recovering alcoholic under her charge. This is what makes the film so human and real along with the other earthy character studies. The film brought to mind Unlocking Carol's Smile, a novel about a charity worker falling for a homeless woman. Both mediums convey the message that holding down a profession within care in the community services does not absolve one from emotional struggles connected with the job and especially relationships. Incidentally, the Glasgow location and undisguised Scottish brusqueness makes the film's plot all the more gritty.
The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties' Legacy t&hellip by Myron Magnet
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This excellent book may be written with America in mind, but the subject matter is appropriate to the UK where social problems and social policies are concerned. I was particularly interested in the sections on the 'homeless'. I spent some five years working in this field. As with Dalrympole's Life at the Bottom, and Bartholomew's The Welfare State We're In, Magnet applies a for too long dismissed common sense viewpoint. For too long the chattering classes have gotten away with arguing that social issues such as homelessness are the result of poverty, class, gender and race discrimination -(yawn!). The reality, as Magnet concurs, is a breakdown in Christian values (there is no alternative… Read more
The Welfare State We're in by James Bartholomew
The Welfare State We're in by James Bartholomew
32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book along with Dalrympole's Life at the Bottom, and Magnet's The Dream and the Nightmare: the legacy of the nineteen sixties. Together they provided a necessary antedote to the tiresome, Marxist/feminist drivel passed off as rational social science in my university course. As with Dalrympole's view, Bartholomew argues convincingly that the welfare state has not only impoverished peoples' lives but controlled them. I am not sure if society would be better off without some form of state welfare, it certainly would benefit with reduced 'nanny state' levels that it has reached today. The 1946 National Insurance Act which enacted the Beveridge Report of 1942 was able to survive as… Read more

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