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Understanding human need

Dean, Hartley (2010) Understanding human need. Understanding welfare: social issues, policy and practice series. The Policy Press, Bristol, UK. ISBN 9781847421906

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Abstract

Human need is a central but contested concept in social policy and the social sciences. This book provides an accessible overview of the subject using concepts from many disciplines. It presents a unique integrative model that shows how the main approaches may be reflected in social policy goals. The author engages with recent debates which advance our understanding of human need, including human wellbeing and 'happiness'; poverty, social exclusion and global inequality; human difference, the diversity of needs and the concept of human capabilities. Most crucially, the book explores how human needs may be translated into rights and how these can be informed by a politics of human need. The book offers essential insights for students of social policy, but will also be of interest to other social science disciplines, policy makers and political activists.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.policypress.co.uk/
Additional Information: © 2010 Policy Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2010 13:35
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2019 00:23
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/27037

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