Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447310754 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447310747 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only

Social Policies and Social Control

New Perspectives on the 'Not-So-Big Society'

Edited by Malcolm Harrison and Teela Sanders

Social Policies and Social Control

Edited by Malcolm Harrison and Teela Sanders

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447310754 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447310747 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
This book offers an innovative account of social-control and behaviorist thinking in social policies and welfare systems and the impact it has had on disadvantaged groups. The contributors review how controls have been applied to individuals and households and how these interventions have narrowed social rights. They illuminate the links between social control developments, welfare systems, and the liberalization of economics, and they highlight the negative impact that behaviorist assumptions—and the subsequent strategies that have grown out of them—have had on the disadvantaged. Overall the volume provides a cutting-edge critical engagement with contemporary policy developments.

Part 1: Setting the scene

   ~ Malcolm Harrison and Teela Sanders

Social policy and the new behaviourism: towards a more excluding society

   ~ Malcolm Harrison with Laura Hemingway

Beyond protection: ‘the vulnerable’ in the age of austerity

   ~ Kate Brown

Part 2: Policies, practices and implications in specific domains
Welfare reform and the valorisation of work: is work really the best form of welfare?

   ~ Ruth Patrick

Sanctuary or sanctions: children, social worth and social control in the UK asylum process

   ~ Ala Sirriyeh

New Labour, the coalition government and disciplined communities

   ~ Andrew Wallace

Young people, education, families and communities: marginalised hopes and dreams?

   ~ Doug Martin

Choice, control and user influence in health and social care

   ~ Gabrielle Mastin

Patient responsibilities, social determinants of health and nudges: the case of organ donation

   ~ Ana Manzano

Nudged into employment: lone parents and welfare reform

   ~ Laura Davies

Welfare reform and drug policy: coalition, continuity and change

   ~ Mark Monaghan

Regulating social housing: expectations for behaviour of tenants

   ~ Jenny McNeill

Part 3: Conclusions
Concluding thoughts: the consequences of a ‘not-so-big society’

   ~ Teela Sanders

Review Quotes
Emma Wincup, University of Leeds
“This unique collection asks important normative and evaluative questions about techniques used to ‘responsibilise’ citizens, illustrating vividly the wider implications of the ceaseless pursuit of moral welfare on arguably the most ‘vulnerable’ groups.”
John Flint, University of Sheffield
“This very well edited volume offers a range of new and established voices in the field and presents a penetrating critique of new forms of social control across a range of social policy fields. Opening up new avenues for analysis, the book serves as a wake-up call about contemporary threats to welfare and social solidarity and should be widely read by students, academics, practitioners, and policy makers.”
Nicholas Ellison, University of York
“This book is greatly to be welcomed. Examining developments in UK social policy during a period of deep crisis, the contributions to this volume remind us that ‘welfare’ is always and forever about politics, power, and control.”
Lee Gregory, University of Birmingham | LSE Review of Books
“Social Policies and Social Control offers a text which cuts through a range of policy domains to bring new insights on one cross cutting concept in policy analysis: social control. . . . An invaluable resource for students of social policy. But it also encourages the reader to consider how some of the changes to the presentation of social problems and the policy responses in turn shape how citizens perceive themselves, their communities, and the role of the state.”
Citizen’s Income Newsletter
"A wake-up call."
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