Some Basic Concepts and Assumptions

  • Norman Ginsburg
Part of the Critical Texts in Social Work and the Welfare State book series


In this chapter we attempt to elucidate some of the theoretical assumptions and concepts which inform the following chapters. Unfortunately there is insufficient space here either to enter into the underlying debates or to draw out many of the general implications for the analysis of social welfare. The reader may find it hard going. It may be easier to return to it after reading the rest of the book or following up some of the exegetical accounts of Marx’s mature work1 and other references.


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    The following are particularly useful: J. Harrison, Marxist Economics for Socialists (London: Pluto, 1978)Google Scholar
  2. B. Fine, Marx’s Capital (London: Macmillan, 1975)Google Scholar
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    See E. Mandel, Late Capitalism (London: New Left Books, 1975) Ch. 5.Google Scholar
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    K. Marx, Capital, vol. 1 (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976) pp. 275–6.Google Scholar
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    Conference of Socialist Economists (CSE) Pamphlet No. 2, On the Political Economy of Women (London: Stage 1, 1976) pp. 10–11.Google Scholar
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    For further clarification see J. Holloway and S. Picciotto, ‘Introduction: Towards a Materialist Theory of the State’ in State and Capital: a Marxist Debate, eds J. Holloway and S. Picciotto (London: Edward Arnold, 1978).Google Scholar
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    E. P. Thompson, Whigs and Hunters (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1977) p. 207.Google Scholar
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    E. J. Hobsbawm, Labouring Men (London: Weidenfeld, 1968) p. 325.Google Scholar
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    See G. Stedman Jones, Outcast London (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976) Chapter 18.Google Scholar
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    See V. George and P. Wilding, Ideology and Social Welfare (London: Routledge, 1976) Chapter 3.Google Scholar
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    T. H. Marshall, ‘Citizenship and Social Class’, reprinted in T. H. Marshall, Sociology at the Crossroads (London: Heinemann, 1963).Google Scholar
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    R. Titmuss, Commitment to Welfare (London: Allen & Unwin, 1968) p. 191.Google Scholar
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    R. Jenkins, ‘Poverty is Preventable’, reprinted in Social Welfare in Modern Britain, eds E. Butterworth and R. Holman (London: Fontana, 1975) p. 403.Google Scholar
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    R. Mishra, Society and Social Policy (London: Macmillan, 1977) p. 7.Google Scholar
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    P. Hall, H. Land, R. Parker and A. Webb, Change, Choice and Conflict in Social Policy (London: Heinemann, 1975)Google Scholar
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    R. Pinker, Social Theory and Social Policy (London: Heinemann, 1971) p. 50.Google Scholar
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  • Norman Ginsburg
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  1. 1.CoventryUK

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