Based on 250 life-story interviews in seven European Union countries, Biography and social exclusion in Europe: analyses personal struggles against social exclusion to illuminate local milieus and changing welfare regimes and contexts; points to challenging new agendas for European politics and welfare, beyond the rhetoric of communitarianism and the New Deal; vividly illustrates the lived experience and environmental complexity working for and against structural processes of social exclusion; refashions the interpretive tradition as a teaching and research tool linking macro and micro realities. · · Students, academic teachers and professional trainers, practitioners, politicians, policy makers and researchers in applied and comparative welfare fields will all benefit from reading this book.
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- Author : Dominic Abrams
- Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
- Release Date : 2007
- Genre : Psychology
- Pages : 247
- ISBN : UOM:39015073884671
Social Exclusion is a general terms that refers to what happens when people and/or areas suffer a variety of linked problems such as unemployment, low income, poor housing, high crime and poor health. In 1997 the prime minister set up the Social Exclusion Unit to improve government action on social exclusion.
Realist Biography and European Policy is the first concerted attempt to integrate the separate strands of (critical) realism as a developed philosophy for social science with biographical narrative methods as a concrete methodological approach. The main goal is to demonstrate that the combination of critical realism and biographical methods is not only possible, but it is exceptionally well suited for the exploration of newly emerging research fields within European policy studies. This volume offers new insights to and is an indispensable reference for researchers in search of solid underpinnings for their own empirical research. Foreword by Miriam Kennet, Director of the Green Economics Institute, Founder and Editor of the International Journal of Green Economics. Contributors Tatiana Bajuk Senčar (Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology), Bob Carter (University of Leicester, Department of Sociology), Prue Chamberlayne (Open University, Faculty of Health and Social Care), Markieta Domecka (independent researcher), Norbert Kluge (coordinator and adviser for the European Works Council of ThyssenKrupp AG), Lyudmila Nurse (director of Oxford XXI), Elisabetta Perone (University of Naples Federico II), Valeria Pulignano (Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven), Antonella Spanò (University of Naples Federico II), Tom Wengraf (Middlesex University)
This report examines the demographic factors likely to have an impact on social exclusion and poverty, including the patterns of young adults leaving the parental home; family household dynamics; cohabitation and separation; reproductive behaviour, and morbidity. It is based on the international study into the complex relationship between demography and social exclusion. Issues considered include: concepts, data and methodology; social disadvantage and the elderly, one-person and one-parent households; and groups most at risk, such as children in poverty, immigrants experiencing deprivation, and the homeless.
- Author : Parreira do Amaral, Marcelo
- Publisher : Policy Press
- Release Date : 2019-12-18
- Genre : Education
- Pages : 224
- ISBN : 9781447350361
This comprehensive collection discusses topical issues essential to both scholarship and policy making in the realm of Lifelong Learning (LLL) policies and how far they succeed in supporting young people across their life courses, rather than one-sidedly fostering human capital for the economy. Examining specific regional and local contexts across Europe, all various in context, this book uses original research to evaluate differences in scope, approach, orientation, and objectives. It enquires into the embedding of LLL policies into the regional economy, the labour market, education and training systems and the individual life projects of young people, with focus on those in situations of near social exclusion.
This book guides students as they explore how white identities are forged using both sociological and psycho-social ideas.Whiteness has traditionally been seen as 'ethnically transparent' - the marker against which other ethnicities are measured. Only recently have scholars moved away from focusing on ethnic minorities and instead oriented their studies around the construction of white identities.Including an excellent survey of the existing literature and original research from the UK, this book will be an invaluable guide for sociology students taking modules in race and ethnicity.
- Author : Hackstaff, Karla B.
- Publisher : Policy Press
- Release Date : 2012-06-22
- Genre : Social Science
- Pages : 272
- ISBN : 9781447307402
This sociological collection advances the argument that the concept of a turning point expands our understanding of life experiences from a descriptive to a deeper and more abstract level of analysis. It addresses the conceptual issue of what distinguishes turning points from life transitions in general and raises crucial questions about the application of turning points as a biographical research method. Biography and turning points in Europe and America is all the more distinctive and significant due to its broad empirical database. The anthology includes authors from ten different countries, providing a number of contexts for thinking about how turning points relate to constructions of meaning shaped by globalization and by cultural and structural meanings unique to each country. The book will be useful across a wide range of social sciences and particularly valuable for researchers needing a stronger theoretical base for biographical work.
CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.
In this volume, the European research project YUSEDER ("Youth Unemployment and Social Exclusion: Dimensions, Subjective Experiences and Institutional Responses in Six Countries of the EU"), supported by the EU Commission (Directorate General Research) as a part of the programme Targeted Socio-Economic Research (TSER), addresses the question of what effects long-term unemployment has on young people in regard of their feeling of belonging to society. Does long-term unemployment imply the risk of social exclusion for young people? How does social exclusion develop, and which factors counteract the processes of exclusion? Thus far, research into unemployment has seldom performed comparative studies. This interdisciplinary project in six European countries has conducted for the first time a qualitative study with 300 long-term unemployment young people from age 20 to 25. The inquiry was carried out in the three northern European countries Sweden, Belgium and Germany and in the three southern European countries Greece, Italy and Spain. Researches from psychology, sociology, public health and psychiatry participated in this research project coordinated by Thomas Kieselbach (University of Bremen, Germany). The volumes in the series published up to now within the YUSEDER project represent a state of the art overview of the topic of youth unemployment and health (volume 1) and youth unemployment and social exclusion (volume 2) in the six participating countries. This third volume focuses on the personal experiences and assessments of young people affected by unemployment. Besides presenting the country-specific manifestations of social exclusion, this new study identifies those important key mechanisms which increase (vulnerability factors) or reduce (protective factors) the risk of social exclusion. The results of this interdisciplinary comparative study represent an important basis for conceptualising future intervention measures in the European Union which could redu
Europe is undergoing a fundamental shift in its economic, political and social structures and this forms the context for significant changes in social and other public policies. The two sets of changes are obviously related - but how? Are European social policies simply responding to these economic and political changes in similar ways, or is the picture still one of difference and diversity between policies and policy systems throughout Europe?Developments in European social policy describes and analyses some of these changes and discusses the patterns of both convergence and divergence in the late 1990s. It provides an invaluable and topical review of trends in European social policy development and is intended for students on social policy, public policy and other social science courses as well as academics in the field.
Exploring a broad range of case studies - including young women in conflict with the law, child soldiers, welfare recipients, genetic testing, biotechnology and new technologies - the contributors explore whether the concept of risk has undermined our sense of trust in society, effectively eroding the definition of citizenship, marginalizing particular people and groups, needlessly heightening societal fears and rendering invisible social inequalities.
Education Funding in Europe A pilot study on innovating education and learning the role of foundations and corporate funders
- Author : Robert Picht
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1998
- Genre : Education
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : STANFORD:36105112797407
Cedefop's third research report addresses the contribution of education and training to realising a knowledge-based society. It specifies the material and non-material benefits of learning for individuals, enterprises and society as a whole. It also discusses ways of improving the design and implementation of education and training programmes or measures by purposeful evaluation. The report serves both to inform and improve policy and practice, and further develop research.
- Author : Linden West
- Publisher : Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
- Release Date : 2007
- Genre : Education
- Pages : 310
- ISBN : PSU:000067221028
"Second in a series of edited volumes resulting from conferences and seminars organized by the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults"--Preface.
The book Integrated Care in Europe examines the provision of integrated care in Finland, Sweden, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, and England. It is written by authors from these countries. Several target groups are described, but the elderly with multiple needs are the main focus. The country-specific chapters address the main characteristics of their care systems, and cover care sectors, funding, legislation and policy; the nature of integrated care (target groups, providers and services, organisational features of care delivery); promoting and inhibiting factors; a case description for illustrative purposes; and reflections. Taking the six countries as the basis the book compares and contrasts the countries, draws lessons, presents a number of useful tools, and makes a number of suggestions for further study and research. There is also an appendix with a checklist for managers interested in optimising integrated care.