Analysing the History of British Social Welfare

Compassion, Coercion and Beyond

By Jonathan Parker

Published

May 1, 2023

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447363699

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

May 1, 2023

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447363712

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Analysing the History of British Social Welfare

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.

Jonathan Parker is Professor of Society and Social Welfare at Bournemouth University.

Concepts, continuities and critique

Social welfare through history: the context

Philosophical binaries and normative judgements

Chocolate, flowers and social welfare reform

War: The paradoxical crucible of welfare reform

Gendered perspectives on welfare

Piacular austerity: sacrificing the poor for the rich

Universal credit and its strange bedfellows

Containing the radicals and regulating the other: A history of the strange case of social work

W(h)ither welfare after Brexit and Covid-19?

Conclusions: Interconnecting and puzzling features