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The Idea of Welfare

Robert Pinker



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11 November 2019
Social issues & processes; Anthropology; Welfare & benefit systems; Welfare economics
Originally published in 1979, The Idea of Welfare critically reviews the concepts of egoism and altruism as they are expressed in residual and intuitional models of social welfare. The book describes the way in which the scope and limits of obligation and entitlement are determined in practice by the interplay of familial, communal, national and international loyalties. It also looks at the similarities and differences between economic and social forms of exchange and mutual aid. These major themes are developed in a comparative review, which explores the effects of social change on the ways in which people seek to preserve and enhance their welfare through self-help and collective action. The book focuses on Britain, the USA and Russia, it challenges conventional definitions of welfare, largely concerned with formal social policies sponsored by government and uses historical material to illustrate the dominant forms of a mutual aid which were practised before the development of modern welfare states.
By:   Robert Pinker
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780367177621
ISBN 10:   0367177625
Series:   Routledge Revivals
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   11 November 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface Acknowledgements Part I: The Institutional Frameworks of Social Welfare 1. Egoism and Altruism: A Critique of the Divergence 2. Family and Community 3. Nationalism and Internationalism 4. Social Change and Social Welfare 5. Patterns of Exchange in Social Welfare Part II: Capitalism, Socialism and Collectivism 6. Welfare and the Free Market 7. The Collectivist Reaction 8. Social Change and Social Policy in Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution 9. Community and Social Welfare in America before the First World War 10. Settlement, Migration and the Search for Welfare 11. A Comparative Typology of Social Welfare 12. Three Models of Social Welfare Bibliography Subject Index Name Index

Robert Pinker Professor o f Social Work Studies, London School o f Economics and Political Science

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