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Re-conceptualising welfare-to-work for people with multiple problems and needs

Dean, Hartley (2003) Re-conceptualising welfare-to-work for people with multiple problems and needs. Journal of Social Policy, 32 (3). pp. 441-459. ISSN 0047-2794

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279403007062


One of the acknowledged limitations of British welfare-to-work policies has been that they do not necessarily succeed in assisting people with multiple problems and needs. This article will first examine conflicting aspects of welfare-to-work policies and the conflict between welfare-to-work and the concept of work–life balance, particularly as this may apply to people whose lives are especially difficult. Secondly, the article reports on the general findings of a small scale qualitative study of the labour market experiences of people with multiple problems and needs and, more particularly, an analysis of the discursive strategies used by participants in the study. The article concludes with some observations about how welfare-to-work might be re-conceptualised to accommodate ontological as well as practical life needs.

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Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 12:56

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