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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Polity (15 July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745601502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745601502
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′... essential reading on any unbiased social policy course.′
Times Higher Education Supplement

′An important general analysis of British social policy.′
Race and Immigration

′... offers a new framework which allows for an integrated analysis of gender, race and class in the investigation of the development of the welfare state.′ Network

′... the book is also an impassioned polemic on the British oppression and exploitation of women and Black people.′
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′A carefully thought out introductory text′ New Community

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This major new introductory textbook in social policy breaks new ground in arguing for the centrality of race, gender and class in welfare theory and practice. The book describes and evaluates the major theoretical perspectives on welfare, as well as the different strands of feminism and work on racism which are relevant to social policy. The author develops a new analytical framework for the study of the welfare state which takes account of factors deriving from capitalism, patriarchy, racism and the international division of labour. This framework is then used to re–examine the major developments in the history of the welfare state in Britain, from the nineteenth century to the so–called crisis of the welfare state today. Fiona Williams draws out the implications of her approach for current debates about welfare policy and strategy.

Social Policy is an indispensable introductory text for all students and teachers of social policy and administration who want a clear, challenging and politically relevant approach to welfare studies.

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The content of Fiona Williams' book is excellent but I found it hard going. At once penetrating the author's turgid style AND grasping the concepts she's writing about isn't easy. It's probably OK for final year undergraduates and certainly post-graduates. My advice would be to read an extract or, better still, look at a library copy, before you buy.
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This book is very dry, boring and difficult to read. But if you've got a social policy assignment then get reading!
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