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Freedom and the Welfare State

1st Edition

By Bill Jordan


228 pages

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Originally published in 1976, Freedom and the Welfare State, critiques the Welfare State in Britain and analyses the relationship between freedom and welfare. The book considers philosophical, literary and political expressions of the ideals of liberty, and relates them to present-day issues in social policy and the social services. It tackles the major questions emerging in the current welfare debate such as, does state assistance destroy individual initiative and independence and, are welfare institutions agencies of social control which reinforce the dominant economic order?

Table of Contents


1. Three Traditions

Part I: Freedom

2. Liberty and Liberation

3. The True Nature of ‘the Social Being’

4. ‘Alternative Realities’

5. Freedom and Social Control

6. ‘Perfect Respectfulness’ and ‘Painful Nearness’

7. The Ethics of Intervention

Part II: Intervention

8. Flattery and Dumb Service

9. The Origins of Social Engineering

10. Two Concepts of Welfare

11. Punishment, Treatment and Control

12. Citizenship and Social Work

Part III: A Welfare Society

13. Family – Support or Suppression?

14. Work: An Essential Characteristic of Man?

15. ‘A Decent and Secure Life’


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Welfare and the State

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1940 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of welfare and the state, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the concepts of welfare in relation to the state through the areas of policy making, social administration, class division and social inequality, social policy and privatization, whilst also exploring the general principles and practices of the welfare state in various countries. This set will be of particular interest to students of sociology, politics, economics, social work respectively.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General