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New Labour/Hard Labour?: Restructuring and Resistance Inside the Welfare Industry

Restructuring and Resistance Inside the Welfare Industry

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Welfare delivery has become a central point of industrial relations disputes in the UK today. Since the mid to late 1990s, there have been continual and recurring episodes of industrial action of various kinds involving social workers, teachers, lecturers, nurses, hospital ancillary staff, nursery nurses, home caregivers, etc. There are an increasing number of studies devoted to an examination of the UK's New Labour social policies. However, there has been little in the way of substantive discussion regarding opposition to, and conflict around, key elements of New Labour's agenda for the welfare state and public sector. New Labour/Hard Labour? provides the first critically informed discussion of work and workers in the UK welfare sector under New Labour, examines the changing nature of work, and explores the context of industrial relations across the welfare industry. The books focus on welfare at the point of its production makes it unique.

Gerry Mooney is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Staff Tutor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University. With Gill Scott he is co-editor of Exploring Social Policy in the 'New' Scotland, Policy Press 2005. He has also written widely on issues of class, the sociology of the city and social policy in the context of devolution. Alex Law is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Abertay Dundee. He has published in the areas of national identity, workplace restructuring, class, urban sociology, mass communications, and social theory.

"This timely collection illuminates a very important aspect of the New Labour regime - its tough and often hostile approach to workers within the welfare state. This has received scant attention from social scientists, but this book provides an expert and critical survey across a wide range of the salient issues with an appropriate emphasis on workers' resistance." Norman Ginsburg, London Metropolitan University


Einband Taschenbuch
Herausgeber Gerry Mooney, Alex Law
Seitenzahl 312
Erscheinungsdatum 01.10.2007
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-86134-833-3
Verlag Policy Press
Maße (L/B/H) 22,9/15,2/1,8 cm
Gewicht 454 g


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  • Contents: Neo-liberalism and the Labour process of welfare work under New Labour ~ Gerry Mooney and Alex Law; A 'third way'?: industrial relations under New Labour ~ Peter Bain and Phil Taylor; Acts of distrust?: the experiences of support workers in PFI hospital schemes ~ Sally Ruane; 'Doing the rounds', 'ceding control': nursing labour and NHS stasis ~ Peter Kennedy and Carole Kennedy; The secondary school labour process ~ Henry Maitles; Ambiguities and resistance: academic labour and the commodification of higher education ~ Alex Law and Hazel Work; The paradox of professionalisation and degradation in welfare work: the case of nursery nurses ~ Gerry Mooney and Tricia McCafferty; Social work: increasing managerialism? ~ Michael Lavalette and Iain Ferguson; Struggle against modernisation in the Civil Service ~ Tricia McCafferty and Gerry Mooney; Working in the non-profit sector: contract culture, partnership, compacts and the 'shadow state' ~ Lynne Poole; Work and resistance in the new welfare state ~ Alex Law and Gerry Mooney.