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Life-first welfare and the scope for a 'eudemonic ethic' of social security

Dean, Hartley (2014) Life-first welfare and the scope for a 'eudemonic ethic' of social security. In: Martin, Keune and Serrano, Amparo, (eds.) Deconstructing Flexicurity and Developing Alternative Approaches: Towards New Concepts and Approaches for Employment and Social Policy. Routledge Advances in Sociology. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 152-172. ISBN 9780203094570

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This chapter explores the idea of an alternative 'life-first' approach to flexicurity. It considers recent changes in the nature of labour markets under capitalism, re-visits our understanding of the relationship between 'work' and 'welfare' and critiques the failures of modern social citizenship. It draws on the Aristotelian notion of eudaimonic wellbeing and the Marxist notion of species being to argue for a social policy that would respect, promote and fulfil the human subject's need to work, reflecting on the responsibilities of employers and the powers of the state.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2014 09:16
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:18

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