Social Policy / Edition 1

Social Policy / Edition 1

by Hartley Dean, John Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745634354

ISBN-13: 9780745634357

Pub. Date: 12/28/2005

Publisher: Wiley

How do human societies provide for the wellbeing of their members? How far can we organise the ways in which we care for and about each other? And who should take responsibility for providing the support we all need? These are some of the fundamental questions addressed by social policy today.

In this short introduction, suitable for students at any level, Hartley

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How do human societies provide for the wellbeing of their members? How far can we organise the ways in which we care for and about each other? And who should take responsibility for providing the support we all need? These are some of the fundamental questions addressed by social policy today.

In this short introduction, suitable for students at any level, Hartley Dean explains the extraordinary scope and importance of social policy. He explores its foundations and contemporary significance; the principal issues it addresses and their diverse economic, political and sociological dimensions, and concludes by looking at the fundamental challenges facing social policy in a dramatically changing world.

Taking an innovative approach to social policy as the study of human wellbeing, Hartley Dean examines the ways in which governments and peoples throughout the world attend to, promote, neglect or even undermine the things that make life worth living. These include essential services, such as healthcare and education; the means of livelihood, such as jobs and money; and vital but sometimes intangible things, such as physical and emotional security. Some of these are organised by governments and official bodies. Others are provided by businesses, social groups, community organizations, neighbours and families. Trying to understand all these elements, which together constitute human wellbeing, is the stuff of social policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745634357
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
Polity Short Introductions Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1What is social policy?1
2Where did it come from?13
3Why on Earth does it matter?26
4What does human wellbeing entail?41
5Who gets what?58
6Who's in control?69
7What's the trouble with human society?83
8Can social policy solve social problems?97
9How are the times a-changing?109
10Where is social policy going?121

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