Austerity, Community Action, and the Future of Citizenship in Europe

Edited by Shana Cohen, Christina Fuhr, and Jan-Jonathan Bock

Austerity, Community Action, and the Future of Citizenship in Europe

Edited by Shana Cohen, Christina Fuhr, and Jan-Jonathan Bock

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

276 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447331032 Published December 2017 For sale in North and South America only
As austerity measures continue to lead to cutbacks in basic social services, a number of grassroots organizations have grown up or expanded throughout Europe to help provide for citizens’ basic needs. This book looks at a number of both secular and faith-based groups in Berlin and London to show how they and their activism have evolved in response to those changes in economic policy. It brings together scholars from different disciplines and practitioners in several areas of social intervention to explore how the very ideas of citizenship and community have begun to change in the wake of cutbacks to the welfare state.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Notes on contributors
One Introduction: social activism, belonging and citizenship in a period of crisis
Shana Cohen and Jan-Jonathan Bock
Part I: The social consequences of welfare policy
Two Fulfilling basic human needs: the welfare state after Beveridge
Patrick Diamond
Three Social division and resentment in the aftermath of the economic slump
Gabriella Elgenius
Part II: The practice of social good
Four Austerity and social welfare in the UK: a perspective from the advice sector
Amardeep Bansil
Five Breaking the hold of debt: Cambridge Money Advice Centre
John Morris
Six Community finance: the emergence of credit unions in London
Paul A Jones and Michelle Howlin
Seven Finding employment and living a good life in London
Chris Price
Eight The Tafel and food poverty in Germany
Sabine Werth
Nine Addressing food poverty in the UK
Sarah Greenwood
Ten Helping the homeless: a soup kitchen in London
Martin Stone
Part III: Social change and neoliberalism
Eleven Social initiatives and social solidarity under austerity
Christina Fuhr
Twelve The new economy of poverty
Stefan Selke
Thirteen Challenges for the struggle against austerity in Britain and Europe
Thomas Jeffrey Miley
Part IV: Situating solidarity in perspective
Fourteen Individualism and community in historical perspective
Jon Lawrence
Fifteen Aiming for reconnection: responsible citizenship
Christopher Baker
Sixteen Conclusion: citizenship, community and solidarity at the end of the welfare state
Jan-Jonathan Bock and Shana Cohen
Index
 
Review Quotes
Bob Deacon, University of Sheffield
"This timely volume engages scholars of citizenship, social activists and those concerned for the future of social democracy in Europe."
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