|Author: Mary Daly|
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Welfare is an important concept in the social sciences. It is also challenged and contested not only by alternative concepts but also as a political goal in itself. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, this book takes a fresh look at the continuing relevance of welfare in the context of public policy, recent scholarly developments and changes in popular attitudes and behaviour.
The book connects theory and practice. Tracing the concept’s background in economics, political science and social policy, the book juxtaposes welfare with newer approaches, such as subjective well-being, capabilities, care, social exclusion and social capital. The links between welfare and political ideas are also elaborated. The welfare state, as it developed historically in Europe and as it is changing in different countries, is given an important place in the analysis. Drawing on a range of empirical work, the book in its final part considers how individuals and groups attain welfare and how this shapes people’s decisions and actions in their everyday lives.
Written in a lively style, the book provides students of sociology, social policy and political science with a valuable point of access to a range of debates and thinking in the field of welfare and related concepts.
Mary Daly has long been associated with Jesuit Boston College, where she has been denied full professorship because of her outspoken criticism of the Church and her radically feminist stance. In 1969, she was first denied tenure and then granted it after more than 1,500 male students protested in her behalf, but she remained embroiled in a two-decades-long dispute with the school for her unorthodox practice of barring males from her women's studies course. Daly was educated at the Catholic University of America, St. Mary's College at Notre Dame, and at the University of Fribourg, where she got her Ph.D in 1966. Her theological works include a study of the philosopher Jacques Maritain as well as THE CHURCH AND THE SECOND SEX and BEYOND GOD THE FATHER, both of which look at patriarchy in the church. She is much more known for her feminist works such as GYN/ECOLOGY and PURE LUST and for a feminist dictionary called WEBSTER'S FIRST NEW INTERGALACTIC WICKEDARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE--works that are challenging and inventive in their use of language, employing neologisms and reworking old words. In 1999, at the age of 70, Daly was forced to retire from Boston College because she refused to admit a male student into her class. She initiated a lawsuit to be reinstated, but the case was settled in 2001 with her retirement. Daly died at the age of 81.
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