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Transnational Social Policy

Social Welfare in a World on the Move, 1st Edition

Edited by Luann Good Gingrich, Stefan Köngeter


294 pages

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Transnational Social Policy highlights the changing face of social policy and social work against the background of accelerating transnationalization of economies, labour markets, education, social services, and care. The contributions of this book provide unique case examples on the interplay of social policies, mobile populations, and travelling knowledge about welfare within an increasingly asymmetrical global context. This innovative volume also includes historical studies on the transformations of social policies during the last century and reflects the developments of social welfare across the Global North and the Global South. With its emphasis on theoretical assumptions of policy translation, the case studies show the importance of adjustments, negotiations, and participation of various actors in the transnational social field of welfare production. Thus, within ever-shifting contexts of new political agendas promoting the free play of the market and a neoliberal agenda of competition and austerity, this insightful book reveals new transnational forms of social exclusion that function within, across, and in-between nation-states.

Presenting a major and much needed addition to current discussions on globalization and the increasing complexity of worldwide social relations, this volume will be of interest to scholars and graduate students interested in fields such as Social Policy, Social Work, Public Administration, Development Studies, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as many interdisciplinary fields including Global Studies, International Development Studies, and Immigration and Settlement Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Transnational Social Policy and Social Work – an Introduction

Stefan Köngeter and Luann Good Gingrich

I. Sharing knowledge: Setting the policy agenda

2. Surveilling and surveying slums: The transnational translation of the city as a social problem

Stefan Köngeter

3. "Good" Child Labour, "Bad" Child Labour: Translating Global Policy in the Post-Soviet Context

Sofiya An and Adrienne Chambon

4. Child Protection: Policy translations

Daniel Kikulwe and Karen Swift

II. Beyond transfer: Translating policies and shaping welfare

5. Translocal Policy as Process: Bricolage and the ‘Messy' World of Local Policymaking

Dean Herd and Daniel Cohen

6. The Traveling Idea of Clubhouse from the West to the East

Frank Wang and Yu-Hui Lu

7. From "Benefit Ladies" to "Professionals": Polish Social Workers in the Context of Neoliberal Reform of Social Policy

Gwen McEvoy

8. Humanitarian Assistance, Refugee Management, and Self-Reliance Schemes: Nakivale Refugee Settlement

Suzan Ilcan, Marcia Oliver, and Laura Connoy

III. Lost in translation: The social repercussions of transnational policy, and the reinforcement of global inequality

9. Transnationalism and secondary schooling policy in Ontario, Canada: Globalisation, privatisation, and competing priorities

Naomi Lightman

10. Tactical borderwork: Central American migrant women negotiating the southern border of Mexico

Julie Young, Luann Good Gingrich, Adrienne Wiebe, and Miriam Harder

11. National old-age care regimes and the emergence of transnational long-term care arrangements for the elderly

Anita Böcker, Vincent Horn, and Cornelia Schweppe

12. Transnational Social Respons

About the Editors

Luann Good Gingrich is Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and a Scholar in Residence at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Stefan Köngeter is Professor for Social Pedagogy at the Department of Education, University of Trier, Germany.

Subject Categories

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