Young, the Old and the State: Social Care Systems in Five Industrial Nations (Globalization and Welfare)

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The social care of children and the elderly are compared in five countries—Finland, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US—in this thoughtful and rigorous study by academics in social policy, political science, and social work in the five countries under consideration. The theoretical approach derives from feminist theories on care as well as the methods of comparative social research. The approaches to care in each country are examined in terms of history, economics, and culture, with a concluding essay on the ...
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Overview

The social care of children and the elderly are compared in five countries—Finland, Germany, Japan, the UK, and the US—in this thoughtful and rigorous study by academics in social policy, political science, and social work in the five countries under consideration. The theoretical approach derives from feminist theories on care as well as the methods of comparative social research. The approaches to care in each country are examined in terms of history, economics, and culture, with a concluding essay on the patterns that underlie the countries' different approaches. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840646283
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Globalization and Welfare
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Notes on the Contributors
1 The Importance of Social Care 1
2 Social Care in Finland: Stronger and Weaker Forms of Universalism 25
3 Social Care Services for Children and Older People in Germany: Distinct and Separate Histories 55
4 Care for Children and Older People in Japan: Modernizing the Traditional 81
5 Social Care in the United Kingdom: A Pattern of Discretionary Social Administration 109
6 Care for Children and Older People in the United States: Laggard or Merely Different? 143
7 Patterns of Social Care in Five Industrial Societies: Explaining Diversity 167
Index 199
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