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Colonialism and welfare: social policy and the British imperial legacy

Midgley, James and Piachaud, David, eds. (2011) Colonialism and welfare: social policy and the British imperial legacy. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 9781849808484

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The British Empire covered three centuries, five continents and one-quarter of the world’s population. Its legacy continues, shaping the societies and welfare policies of much of the modern world. In this book, for the first time, this legacy is explored and analysed. Colonialism and Welfare reveals that social welfare policies, often discriminatory and challenging to those colonised, were introduced and imposed by the ‘mother country.’ It highlights that there was great diversity in rationales and impacts across the empire, but past developments had a major impact on the development of much of the world’s population. Contributions from every continent explore both the diversity and the common themes in the imperial experience. They examine the legacy of colonial welfare – a subject largely neglected by both historians of empire and social policy analysts. This original book shows that social welfare today cannot be understood without understanding the legacy of the British Empire. Academics and specialised students with an interest in comparative social policy, history of social policy, imperial history, colonialism, and contemporary third world social policy will find this book invaluable to their studies.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2011 James Midgley, David Piachaud
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2013 13:56
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2014 10:50

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