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Discourse on Inequality in France and Britain

ISBN 9781138311688
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

Published in 1998, this volume consists of 16 edited papers presented at an Anglo-French conference on inequality in France in March 1997. The purpose of this book is to bring together ideas and perceptions of inequality in the two countries across several areas including multi-ethnicity, education, social work, housing and health, presented by experts in these fields and in cultural studies. The purpose is not comparative in the traditional sense, but rather to analyze the different meanings amd conceptions that apply to inequality in France and Britain and to demostrate how these differences affect policies as well as what is considered to be legitimate grounds for policy intervention. This approach to social policy in Europe pays attention to the cultural meanings of concepts like inequality and demonstrates that comparative social policy can only be properly productive when it acknowledges that key words like poverty, inequality, citizenship, social rights and insertion/exclusion carry with them quite different ideological, moral and social meanings in two countries such as Britain and France.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, John Edwards  Part 1: Theory Discourse  2. Dimensions of Inequality in French and British Political Discourses Since the Early 80s, Gilles Leydier  3. The Promise of Proceduralism – Is Democracy a Defence Against Poverty?, Michael Saward  4. Depoliticizing Inequality: Exclusions and Discrimination in French, British and European Discourses, Jean-Paul Rèvauger  5. Dimensions of Inequality in Britain and France, Dave Edye  6. Concepts of Welfare and Solidarity in Britain and France, Paul Spicker  7. Inequality, Property and Community, Francois Poirier  Part 2: Ethnic Minorities  8. The Theory and Practice of ‘Positive Discrimination’, Elaine Dubourdieu  9. Ethnic Equality in Britain: Progress and its Limits, Tariq Modood  10. Inequality and Difference in a Multi-Culturalism Society, John Edwards  Part 3: Social Work, Poverty and Race  11. Do the Poor Need Social Work?, Monica Dawling  12. Race and Racism: Can Minority Ethnic Groups Benefit from Social Work?, Ravinder Barn  Part 4: Welfare and Conceptions of Poverty  13. Beveridge’s Egalitarian Legacy and Revisionist Critique, Antoine Capet  14. Perspectives on the Idea of an ‘Underclass’, John Macnicol  15. The National Minimum Wage: Pride or Prejudice?, Timothy Whitton  16. Conclusion, Jean-Paul Rèvauge.

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