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Postmodern ideas have been vastly influential in the social sciences and beyond. However, their impact on the study of social policy has been minimal. Postmodernity and the Fragmentation of Welfare analyses the potential for a postmodern or cultural turn in welfare as it treats postmodernity as an evolving canon -from the seminal works of Baudrillard, Foucault and Lyotard, through to recent theories of the 'risk society'.
Already disorientated by globalisation, new technologies ...
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Overview

Postmodern ideas have been vastly influential in the social sciences and beyond. However, their impact on the study of social policy has been minimal. Postmodernity and the Fragmentation of Welfare analyses the potential for a postmodern or cultural turn in welfare as it treats postmodernity as an evolving canon -from the seminal works of Baudrillard, Foucault and Lyotard, through to recent theories of the 'risk society'.
Already disorientated by globalisation, new technologies and the years of new right ascendancy, welfare faces a significant challenge in the postmodern. It suggests that, rather than universality and state provision, the new social policy will be consumerised and fragmented -a welfare state of ambivalence.
With contributions from authors coming from a variety of fields offering very different perspectives on postmodernity and welfare Postmodernity and the Fragmentation of Welfare also keeps social policy's intellectual inheritance in view. By exploring ways in which theorisations of postmodernity might improve understanding of welfare issues in the 1990s and assessing the relevance of theories of diversity and difference to mainstream and critical social policy traditions, this book will be and essential text for all students of social policy, social administration, social work and sociology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134712984
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 553 KB

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
1 Preludes, introductions and meanings 1
2 Studying social policy after modernity 15
3 Postmodernism, poststructuralism and social policy 31
4 Oppositional postmodern theory and welfare analysis: anti-oppressive practice in a postmodern frame 49
5 Quality assurance and evaluation in social work in a postmodern era 67
6 'One step beyond': critical social policy in a 'postmodern' Britain? 85
7 Postmodernity and the future of welfare: whose critiques, whose social policy? 103
8 New horizons? New insights? Postmodernising social policy and the case of sexuality 121
9 Reopening the gift: race and the critique of normative social policy 136
10 Individualisation processes and social policy: insecurity, reflexivity and risk in the restructuring of contemporary British health and housing policies 153
11 Thriving on chaos? Managerialisation and social welfare 171
12 Performativity and fragmentation in 'postmodern schooling' 187
13 Post-Betty Fordism and neo-liberal drug policies 204
14 Welfare direct: informatics and the emergence of self-service welfare? 220
15 The delivery of welfare: the associationist vision 237
16 Globalisation, fragmentation and local welfare citizenship 252
17 Postmodernity and Social Europe 267
Index 278
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