The Anthropology of Welfare

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Iain R. Edgar, Andrew Russell
Psychology Press, 1998 - Political Science - 268 pages
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The Anthropology of Welfare provides an overview of what anthropology has to offer welfare studies and vice-versa.
Case studies from anthropologists in the field, examine different branches of welfare and community care, for example:
* Maternity services
* Children with learning difficulties
* Children's homes
* Mothers' centres
* People with HIV
* Mental health centres
* Housing
* Care and provision for the elderly.
Contributors focus on comparative welfare systems - examples are taken from urban and rural areas of the UK, USA, Sweden, Germany, Portugal, and New Zealand. In each case the theoretical and methodological appropriateness of social anthropology for the study of welfare, and the insights gained by bringing anthropology and welfare together are examined.
The Anthropology of Welfare will be essential reading for those studying anthropology, social work and social policy and will be of interest to teachers, practitioners and researchers in applied social welfare fields.
  

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Contents

Research and practice in the anthropology of welfare
1
Equal but different? Welfare gender ideology
73
The cooperation concept in a team of Swedish social
97
Caring communities or effective networks?
120
managing trouble in a
137
Considering the culture of community carer
183
Treasures on Earthi housing assets public policy and
209
Residents participation in the management of
228
Using experiential research methodsi
246
Index
262
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Russell is lecturer in anthropology at the University of Durham.

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