This book discusses the nature and significance of social problems, and considers the relationship between social problems and social justice. It provides an overview of some of the key problems currently facing society, and clearly and systematically demonstrates how these problems perpetuate social injustice, inequality and discrimination.
"This book is a richly document account, based on original research, of how bordering has become dispersed into the interstices of everyday life. Controlling borders is about much more than patrolling territorial boundaries: it now comprises a multitude of practices and processes in local contexts of everyday life"--
This lively textbook, part of the successful Understanding Welfare series, helps us to understand policy, politics and practice. It combines an in-depth exploration of selected theoretical perspectives and concepts with a student-friendly format.
Offers coverage of the key theories, concepts and issues in social policy. This text has been designed to provide students with the essential tools to gain a clear understanding of the theoretical debates surrounding the discipline.
Alcock's exemplary style of making complex concepts accessible makes this new edition another trustworthy recommendation. Comprehensively updated to reflect the considerable political changes and policy developments since the previous edition, it also boasts new pedagogical features which ensure reader engagement and understanding.
The fourth edition of this well-respected textbook includes three new chapters on the history and development of social policy, making social policy in a global context, and how to research and write about social policy. It is up-to-date with the coalition government's welfare agenda, and remains the best introduction to social policy available.