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Welfare Reform in Rural Places: Comparative Perspectives Vol: 15

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30 Mar 2010
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
248 pages - 156 x 234 x 23mm
Research in Rural Sociology and Development


Research on welfare has tended to focus on the national scale with relatively little attention given to the differential impacts of welfare restructuring in rural places and the difficulties faced by disadvantaged groups with limited provision of welfare services in many rural areas. This book seeks to significantly extend previous research work on the rural impacts of national welfare reform and position it in a broader context. "International Perspectives on Rural Welfare" provides a critical, comprehensive and comparative account of the rural dimensions of welfare in a number of developed countries. The book brings together recent research from Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand to provide the seminal international book on rural welfare. As well as being international in its outlook, it provides an inter-disciplinary focus on rural welfare by including contributors from sociology, human geography, social policy and social anthropology. The definition of welfare used within the book is broad, encompassing overarching welfare and workfare agendas, as well as more specific welfare policy areas such as anti-poverty, health, housing, social security, social work and education.
List of Contributors. Chapter 1 Scaling and spacing welfare reform: making sense of welfare in rural places. Chapter 2 Impacts of welfare reform on rural people and places in the United States. Chapter 3 Devolution, social exclusion, and spatial inequality in U.S. welfare provision. Chapter 4 Color-blind welfare reform or new cultural racism? Evidence from rural Mexican- and Native-American communities. Chapter 5 Social welfare policies and rural Canada. Chapter 6 Placing welfare in rural England. Chapter 7 Rural welfare to work in Wales: young people's experiences. Chapter 8 Giving up farming and the welfare state restructuration in Finland. Chapter 9 Shifting welfare, shifting people: rural development, housing and population mobility in Australia. Chapter 10 Australia's rural welfare policy: overlooked and demoralised. Chapter 11 School closures as breaches in the fabric of rural welfare: community perspectives from New Zealand. Research in rural sociology and development. Research in rural sociology and development. Copyright page.

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