Disability and the Welfare State in Britain

Changes in Perception and Policy 1948-1979

Jameel Hampton

Disability and the Welfare State in Britain

Jameel Hampton

Distributed for Bristol University Press

With a Foreword by Nicholas Timmins
272 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447316428 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
From its very start at the end of World War II, the British welfare state—despite its grand promises—excluded millions of disabled people. Disability and the Welfare State in Britain traces attempts over the subsequent three decades to reverse this exclusion. The first book to set disability in the context of the history of the welfare state, it shows how policy and perceptions were slow to change, and it offers close analysis of key groups and moments, like the Disablement Income Group and the 1972 Thalidomide campaign.
Contents
Foreword by Nicholas Timmins
Introduction
The Old Regime: Provision before the Welfare State
Promotional Welfare, 1948-63
The Emergence of the General Classes, 1964-9
Cinderella of the Welfare State: Legislation for the General Classes, 1970-2
The Final Days: Disability at the End of the Welfare State, 1973-9
The Last Waltz: Epilogue
Summary and Conclusions, 1948-79
Review Quotes
H-Disability
"I hope and expect that this interesting contribution from Hampton, which seeks to switch attention away from the provision of services for the disabled to the availability of cash benefits and their promise of greater personal autonomy and independence, will reach the wide and diverse audience it deserves and also stimulate much-needed further research. Following the best traditions of disability history, this book uses new sources and approaches both to highlight and to counter the historic marginalization of disabled people while addressing wider social, economic, and political issues. By doing so, Hampton questions long-cherished assumptions about the operation of the British welfare state in its heyday and thereby problematizes the future direction of welfare policies under conditions of financial austerity. Although the United Kingdom is the explicit focus of the study, Hampton reveals reciprocal international influences on policy and practice that will interest scholars and stakeholders concerned with other countries."
Twentieth Century British History
"A comprehensive review of disability policies for ‘the general classes’ of disabled adults in the United Kingdom. . . . This is an excellent primer for anyone interested in the politics of disability policy in postwar Britain."
Patricia Thane, Kings College London
“For the first time Hampton shows how disabled people, neglected by the postwar welfare state, changed things from the 1960s by campaigning, like other excluded groups, achieving inclusive reforms in the 1970s.”
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