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Social policies and social controlNew perspectives on the ‘not-so-big society’$
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Malcolm Harrison and Teela Sanders

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310747

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310747.001.0001

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Social Policy And The New Behaviourism: Towards A More Excluding Society

Social Policy And The New Behaviourism: Towards A More Excluding Society

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Social policies and social control
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Malcolm Harrison

Laura Hemingway

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310747.003.0002

This chapter explores some general issues in the book which looks at the positioning of social control practices in welfare arrangements for disadvantaged households, and identify some of the political underpinnings. There is a tentative hyposthesis promoted that identifies how a 'new behaviourism' in the UK social policy has been running since the 1990s through to the current Coalition era. The analysis indicates that the close interweaving of support with disciplinary interventions that persisted historically in some practice areas has been reinvigorated and reinterpreted through contemporary politics, particularly in low-income and vulnerable groups. There is a specific case study regarding disability and social control, demonstrating how this group are having a harder time under the Coalition government.

Keywords:   Behaviourism, New Behaviourism, Coalition government, Social control, Disability

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