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Citizenship, Work and Welfare

Searching for the Good Society


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Approaches to Citizenship: The Social Question

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Julia Parker
      Pages 3-13
  3. Citizenship and Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Moralising the People

      1. Julia Parker
        Pages 59-80
      2. Julia Parker
        Pages 81-103
      3. Julia Parker
        Pages 104-119
    3. Elevating the State

      1. Julia Parker
        Pages 123-144
      2. Julia Parker
        Pages 145-166
  4. Citizenship and Welfare

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Julia Parker
      Pages 169-193
    3. Julia Parker
      Pages 194-197
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 198-211

About this book


Citizenship, Work and Welfare analyses changing definitions of citizenship, particularly in relation to work, in 19th and 20th-century Britain. It traces the debates about the responsibilities of government and the entitlements and obligations of individuals that developed in response to the social and economic problems of industrialization. It shows how conceptions of the rights of citizenship have moved beyond basic necessities to the idea of 'inclusion' - the ability to take part in normal social activities. The book closes with a discussion of the difficulties of honouring citizenship entitlements at the end of the 20th century in a society with rising expectations, persistent unemployment and an ageing population.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Social Studies and Social ResearchUniversity of OxfordUK

About the authors

Julia Parker is Lecturer in Social Administration at the University of Oxford.

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