Reconceptualizing Social Policy: Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary Social Policy

Reconceptualizing Social Policy: Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary Social Policy

Reconceptualizing Social Policy: Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary Social Policy

Reconceptualizing Social Policy: Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary Social Policy

Synopsis

  • How can sociological perspectives help us make sense of contemporary social policy?
  • How has the discipline of social policy engaged in recent sociological debates and developments?
This book provides a variety of sociological frameworks for understanding contemporary social policy. It explores how sociological perspectives may be used to theorize, conceptualize and research social policy.

Amanda Coffey captures the different ways in which social policy can be understood - as academic discipline, policy process, service provision and lived experience. The book engages with a range of policy areas and client groups, and pays attention to sociodemographic categories such as gender, 'race', class and age. Themes include:

  • The body and processes of embodiment
  • Citizenship and identity
  • Equality and differences
  • Space and time
  • Research and representation
Reconceptualizing Social Policy is a key text for students and lecturers in sociology and social policy.

Excerpt

Welcome to the fifth volume in the Introducing Social Policy series. the series itself is designed to provide a range of well informed texts on a wide variety of topics that fall within the ambit of social policy studies.

Although primarily designed with undergraduate social policy students in mind, it is hoped that the series – and individual titles within it – will have a wider appeal to students in other social science disciplines and to those engaged on professional and post-qualifying courses in health care and social welfare.

The aim throughout the planning of the series has been to produce a series of texts that both reflect and contribute to contemporary thinking and scholarship, and which present their discussion in a readable and easily accessible format.

Amanda Coffey has produced an innovative, well informed and, at times, provocative discussion of the ways in which sociological perspectives can be used to explore, describe and analyse contemporary social policy.

After two chapters exploring the historical traditions and contemporary ‘turns’ in sociological theorizing – such as postmodernism and feminism – she then addresses themes that are – or are fast becoming – part of the discourse of studies in Social Policy: citizenship and identity; equality and difference; the ways in which social policy practices and processes focus upon bodies in terms of potential, function and needs; and the value of space and time as a means of examining everyday social settings. in each and all of these substantive discussions, Amanda Coffey contributes to the development of theorizing and firmly anchors her discussion across a wide range of policies, practice and experience.

This lucid and clearly written account will thus have its appeal to a wide variety of students and their teachers. It informs. It challenges long-held assumptions. It urges a reconfiguration of the subject and its research techniques, strongly advocating an approach that is both more open and accepting of newer perspectives. But, in addition, it also encourages the reader not . . .

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