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Provides an important analytic sociological history of social welfare policy and practice that that shows the interconnections between policies and practice throughout history.Students and scholars of social policy, social welfare, social work, politics and history.This book offers insights into the development of social welfare policies by exploring the interconnections between policies and practice throughout history. It challenges tacitly accepted arguments that favour particular approaches to welfare, such as conditionality and eligibility. It provides examples of enduring social assumptions which influence the way we perform social welfare, such as the equivocal position of women in social welfare and the unintended consequences of reforms such as Universal Credit. By identifying continuities in welfare policy, practice and thought, it offers the potential for the development of new thinking, policy making and practice.This book offers insights into the development of social welfare policies in Britain. By identifying continuities in welfare policy, practice and thought throughout history, it offers the potential for the development of new thinking, policy making and practice. It challenges tacitly accepted arguments that favour particular approaches to welfare, such as conditionality and eligibility and provides examples of enduring social assumptions which influence the way we perform social welfare.

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  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. List of tables
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  1. List of abbreviations
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  1. About the author
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1 Concepts, continuities and critique
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  1. 2 A brief history of British social welfare
  2. pp. 20-46
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  1. 3 Philosophical binaries and normative judgements
  2. pp. 47-61
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  1. 4 Chocolate, flowers and social welfare reform
  2. pp. 62-81
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  1. 5 War: the paradoxical crucible of welfare reform
  2. pp. 82-95
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  1. 6 Gendered perspectives on welfare
  2. pp. 96-117
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  1. 7 Piacular austerity: sacrificing the poor for the rich
  2. pp. 118-134
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  1. 8 Universal Credit versus Universal Basic Income: strange bedfellows?
  2. pp. 135-148
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  1. 9 Containing the radicals and regulating the ‘other’: a history of the strange case of social work
  2. pp. 149-169
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  1. 10 W(h)ither welfare after Brexit and COVID-19?
  2. pp. 170-184
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  1. References
  2. pp. 185-227
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  1. Index
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