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Love, hate and welfare

Psychosocial approaches to policy and practice

By Lynn Froggett


30 Oct 2002

Page count

216 pages




234 x 156 mm


Policy Press
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Love, hate and welfare

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This book presents a psychosocial examination of the changing relationships between users of services, professionals and managers in the post-war welfare state. It:

develops practice-based perspectives on changing social relations of care;

discusses the psychic dimensions of entitlement, risk, responsibility, compassion and dependency in the welfare system;

develops a grid to link the interpersonal, institutional and sociopolitical dimensions of successive post-war welfare settlements;

explores the potential contribution of psychoanalytic concepts to social policy and practice. 

This book is aimed at all those who have an interest in the development of responsive welfare institutions, including policy makers, professionals and academics.

"... a good contribution to the field of the psychosociology of social policies. Based on the author's many years of professional practice, it contains a good many interesting ideas for reflection and debate, which should be read carefully, thinking about the theoretical and practical implications of the discussed topics." European Journal of Social Work

"... highly erudite, thought-provoking and an exhilarating read." Journal of Social policy

"... a stimulating read. Original, engaging and well written, Love, hate and welfare successfully reflects emerging shifts in the way in which people are thinking about social policy and social provision." Jane Millar, Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath

Lynn Froggett teaches social work and social policy at the University of Central Lancashire. She has a practice background in work with children and families and adult mental health, and has a strong interest in interprofessional care. She co- edits the Journal of Social Work Practice and is currently researching in the area of health promotion and community regeneration with a special interest in arts-based initiatives.

Contents: Part One: Introduction; Between fracture and solidarity; Psychosocial welfare; Old welfare: from warriors to citizens; No welfare: privatisation of concern; Mixed welfare: from consumption to compassion?; Part Two: Introduction; Beyond welfare: compassion, recognition and ethics of care; Beyond welfare: recognition, practice and the organisation; Beyond welfare: the political environment; Beyond welfare: vision, voice and story.