Understanding community

Politics, policy and practice

Author: Peter Somerville

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447328078

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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This substantially revised edition of a highly topical text draws upon theory from Marx and Bourdieu to offer a clearer understanding of community in capitalist society. The book takes a more critical look at the literature on community, community development and the politics of community, and applies this critical approach to themes introduced in the first edition on economic development, learning, health and social care, housing, and policing, taking into account the changes in policy that have taken place, particularly in the UK, since the first edition was written. It will be a valuable resource for researchers and students of social policy, sociology and politics as well as areas of housing and urban studies.

Understanding Community

Politics, Policy and Practice

Author: Peter Somerville

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847423922

Category: Social Science

Page: 289

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This topical text provides students with a clear understanding of policy and theory in relation to community. By examining areas of government policy this book explores the difficulties that communities face, discusses new concepts and investigates what 'community' might mean in today's diverse British society.

Social Policy Review 14

Developments and debates: 2001-2002

Author: Sykes, Robert,Bochel, Catherine

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847425526

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

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Social Policy Review 14 continues the tradition of providing a different style and approach to policy issues from that found in most academic journals and books. Chapters have been purposely chosen to review a varied and interesting selection of social policy developments in Britain and internationally, and to set current policy developments in a broader context of key trends and debates.

Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy

Author: Ruth Lister

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1861347936

Category: Political Science

Page: 311

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"This is an admirably clear and comprehensive account of the theories and concepts of contemporary social policy. Excellent and essential for undergraduate and postgraduate social policy and social theory courses."-Fiona Williams, Professor of Social Policy, University of Leeds, UK "Theory has rarely been so interesting, lively, engaging and real. Ruth Lister has produced a text of great scholarship and a tour de force."-Saul Becker, Professor of Social Policy and Social Care, University of Nottingham, UK This key text from the best-selling Understanding Welfare series provides a unique understanding of the main theoretical perspectives and concepts used in social policy and related disciplines in a student-friendly format. A central theme is that theory helps us to understand policy, politics and practice. Written by a leading authority in UK social policy, the book uses diverse contemporary examples to help theoretical arguments come alive and uses summaries and additional resources to help students and their teachers in their learning. Rather than presenting abstract theory, it demonstrates the relationship between theory and political and policy debates so that students can see the relevance to their own lives. It will be essential reading for second- and third-year undergraduates and postgraduates in social policy, social theory and related subjects, as well as their teachers.

Understanding Housing Policy

Author: Brian Lund

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 184742631X

Category: Political Science

Page: 335

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Understanding housing policy is an up-to-date text on a rapidly changing policy field written by an author with extensive experience in implementing housing policy.

Understanding Health and Social Care

Author: Jon Glasby

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847426239

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of both health and social care, for social policy students, for students on professional training courses and for existing practitioners.

Understanding Disability Policy

Author: Alan Roulstone,Simon Prideaux

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847427383

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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In an era of scarce social resources, the question of changing social policy constructions and responses to disabled people has become increasingly important. This text locates disability policy into broader social policy and welfare policy writings, embracing a range of indicators of disabled people's welfare.

Understanding the policy process (Second edition)

Analysing welfare policy and practice

Author: Hudson, John,Lowe, Stuart

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447320018

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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This book draws on the latest and best social science to explain how and why social policy change occurs. Focusing on the policy making process as the key to change, it uses core concepts of policy analysis, one in each chapter, to build up a fully worked explanation of social policy change and to equip readers with knowledge that can be applied to any aspect of welfare policy and public and social policy more generally. This second edition of the book updates the bestselling first edition for the post-Blair era with international case studies from numerous countries. Understanding the policy process: · introduces the main themes of the policy analysis literature; · demonstrates the centrality of the policy making process to an understanding of the operational possibilities and limits of social policy; · takes account of macro-, meso- and micro-level approaches to social policy analysis; · uses clear explanations of key concepts, up-to-date illustrative case studies and examples to increase students' understanding of the theory and practice of policy analysis; · uses a comparative approach.

Understanding the Mixed Economy of Welfare

Author: Powell, Martin

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1861347596

Category: Political Science

Page: 249

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Although state provision may have dominated in Britain since 1945, there is a movement towards welfare pluralism - a mixed economy of welfare - involving private, voluntary and informal sectors. This book sheds light on this area of social policy. It shows how the mixed economy of welfare links with important conceptual and policy debates.

Understanding the Finance of Welfare

What Welfare Costs and how to Pay for it

Author: Howard Glennerster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781861344069

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 235

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How can society pay for high quality social services? This is perhaps the central political question in the UK today - one that this book sets out to answer. It challenges the belief that easy solutions lie either in extending private funding or taxing the rich. Understanding the Finance of Welfare is a much needed and up-to-date text on a rapidly changing policy field. Howard Glennerster is the pre-eminent author in this field and this book provides an excellent introduction to the subject.

Understanding Housing Policy (third Edition)

Author: Brian Lund

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447330447

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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Focusing on principles and theory and their application in the process of constructing housing policy, with boxed examples and case studies throughout, this fully revised 3rd edition addresses the range of socio-economic factors that have influenced UK housing policy in recent years.

Understanding Health and Social Care (third Edition)

Author: Jon Glasby

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1447331206

Category: Medical

Page: 224

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This engaging and accessible text, now in its third edition, provides a comprehensive introduction to health and social care. This new edition has been updated to cover recent developments, including the integrated care agenda, potential regional devolution and austerity.

Understanding Equal Opportunities and Diversity

The Social Differentiations and Intersections of Inequality

Author: Barbara Bagilhole

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781861348487

Category: Social Science

Page: 253

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This book challenges the official discourse that shapes the debates on Equal Opportunities and Diversity (EO&D) at national, regional and European level and will be a key text for students and researchers of EO&D in many fields.

Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Social Work and Social Welfare: An Introduction

Author: Rosalie Ambrosino,Joseph Heffernan,Guy Shuttlesworth,Robert Ambrosino

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1111304769

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

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Reflecting the latest practices, accreditation requirements, and developments from the field, bestselling SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE: AN INTRODUCTION, 7e gives readers a broad understanding about the social work profession and the role it plays in the social welfare system. Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, the Seventh Edition is completely up to date and thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). With its signature systems/ecological approach in understanding social welfare, the book focuses on specific social welfare areas in which social workers play major roles in policy and practice. It adopts the philosophy that there are many reasons why social problems occur, and students need to understand the history, values, factors (economic, political, and cultural) that surround these issues and the attempts to solve or address them. Instead of presenting a specific political perspective, the authors encourage readers to think critically about issues in a new way. Each chapter opens with a vignette about a social worker in a specific setting and closes with a discussion about the career opportunities for social workers in the area discussed. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Canadian Social Policy

Issues and Perspectives

Author: Anne Westhues

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 0889205043

Category: Social Science

Page: 478

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The objective of this new edition is the same as that of previous editions: to help students understand social policy from a Canadian perspective, and to stir them to discussion and debate. Part One provides a general overview of social policy and Part Two discusses the policy-making processes, from the international factors that influence them to the ways in which a social worker can become part of this process. Part Three focuses on current social policy issues, and Part Four offers a look to the future. Each chapter of this best-selling book has been thoroughly updated for this new edition with regard to current policy, debated issues, and resources cited. Three new chapters have been added, including an overview of adult mental health policy and a critical look at risk assessment in child welfare. There is also a discussion of current challenges to the Charter of Rights and Canadians increasing use of the justice system to shape social policy. As a result, the reader gains an informed perspective of policy development and evaluation. Although designed primarily for use by social workers, the book will benefit anyone who is involved in the policy-making process.

Understanding Family Support

Policy, Practice and Theory

Author: John Pinkerton,Pat Dolan,John Canavan

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 0857002589

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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Understanding Family Support provides a definition of family support and a clear perspective on the role that it has in promoting the welfare of children and their families. Family support is a concept that has been used in a range of ways to describe various aspects of child welfare policy and practice. The authors argue that this weakens family support as an overarching child welfare paradigm. They present a unifying definition of family support along with ten principles and a series of reflective practice questions applicable to: legislation and policy; organisation, management and planning; direct work with children and families; and research and evaluation. This is an important resource for any professional engaged in policy development, service design, delivering or evaluation of family support, including social workers, residential care staff, community development workers, teachers, community police, human services managers, evaluators and policy makers.

Social Work and Social Welfare

An Invitation

Author: Marla Berg-Weger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136314342

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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Social Work and Social Welfare: An Invitation is a nationally recognized, best-selling text and unique website for US Introductory Social Work and Social Welfare courses. It provides students with the knowledge, skills, and values that are essential for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and public policy in a variety of practice settings. This new third edition is an up-to-date profile of the world in which today’s social workers practice, with current demographic, statistical, legislative, policy, and research information; sensitive discussions of contemporary ethical issues; and new first-person narratives from social workers in a variety of fields. The call to become engaged in some of society’s most challenging issues is clearer than in previous editions.

Making Social Policy in Australia

An Introduction

Author: Tony Dalton,Mary Draper,Wendy Weeks

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781864480238

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

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A comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of social policy.