Research

Our monographs, multi-authored and edited works include original scholarly research, thorough and structured reviews of important subjects and engaging works that push forward the boundaries of the disciplines in which we publish.

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Poverty propaganda

Confronting the myths

Poverty Propaganda sheds new light on how poverty is conceptualised and understood in contemporary Britain. It debunks many popular myths and misconceptions about poverty, its prevalence, causes and consequences, and concludes with suggestions for change.

Healthcare reform in China

Experiments, Challenges and Futures

Edited by Ross Millar

This original contribution to current debate provides a theoretical, empirical and practical account of health policy in China, explaining the interaction between the institutions, interests and ideas informing China’s health policy process.

Why embodied research methods matter

Critical and creative approaches for working with migrant women

This book highlights embodiment as a qualitative research tool and outlines what it means to do embodied research in research. It shows how using this non-invasive approach with vulnerable research participants can help service users or research participants to be involved in the co- production of services and in participatory research.

Work and family balance in the Middle East and North Africa

A unique analysis of the reasons behind the low rate of educated women’s employment in the Middle East and North Africa, and the significance of childcare as a barrier to this.

Policy analysis in the United States

Edited by John A. Hird

Policy Analysis in the United States brings together contributions from some of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners of public policy analysis including Beryl Radin, David Weimer, Rebecca Maynard, Laurence Lynn, and Guy Peters.

The new dynamics of ageing volume 2

Edited by Alan Walker

A comprehensive multi-disciplinary overview of the very latest research on ageing, concentrating on four major themes: autonomy and independence in later life, biology and ageing, food and nutrition and representation of old age.

Parenting the crisis

The cultural politics of parent-blame

Transnational social work

Opportunities and challenges of a global profession

An international comparison of labour markets, migrant professionals and immigration policies, and their interaction in relation to social work.

Research and the social work picture

Drawing on evidence from across Europe, Asia and the USA, this accessible book covers how social workers can engage with research and draw on it in practice.

The triple bind of single-parent families

Resources, employment and policies to improve well-being

This book presents evidence from over 40 countries that shows how single parents face a triple bind of inadequate resources, employment and policies, which in combination further complicate their lives.

Labour market policies in the era of pervasive austerity

A European perspective

This edited volume investigates the changing patterns of labour market and unemployment policies in EU member states during the period since the politics of austerity took hold in 2010.

Enabling participatory planning

Planning aid and advocacy in neo-liberal times

Poverty, inequality and social work

The impact of neo-liberalism and austerity politics on welfare provision

A critical analysis of the domino effect of neoliberalism and austerity on social work. Applying theory including those of Bourdieu and Wacquant to practice, it argues that social work should return to a focus on relational and community approaches.

Age-friendly cities and communities

A global perspective

This important book provides a comprehensive survey of different strategies for developing age-friendly communities, and the extent to which older people themselves can be involved in the co-production of age-friendly policies and practices.

Detroit and new urban repertoires

Imagining the co-operative city

Using Detroit as a case study, this important book argues that cycles of neoliberal policy-led expansion and contraction created hollow shells of once vibrant industrial centres, and explores the potential for large scale cooperative networks to promote urban regeneration and sustain local economies

Social innovation and social policy

Theory, policy-making and practice

Fathers, families and relationships

Researching everyday lives

Demonising The Other

The criminalisation of morality

Throughout history there has always been an ‘other’, often based on culture, race, gender or class, that has been demonised by the majority. Whitehead challenges the idea that this is an inevitable fact of life. This important book offers a resolution that benefits society as a whole rather than just the powerful few.

Regulating police detention

Voices from behind closed doors

Custody visitors are volunteers who make unannounced visits to police custody blocks to check on the welfare of detainees. However, there is a fundamental power imbalance between the police and these visitors. This timely book offers detailed proposals for radically reforming custody visiting to make it an effective regulator of police behaviour.

Evidence-based skills in criminal justice

International research on supporting rehabilitation and desistance

This book is the first to bring together international research on evidence-based skills and practices in probation and youth justice in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Wide-ranging in scope, it also covers effective approaches to working with ethnic minority service users, women and young people.

Work and health in India

This interdisciplinary work connects the transformation of India’s labour market with changes in health and health problems to offer an analysis that is unprecedented in scope and depth.

Social determinants of health

An interdisciplinary approach to social inequality and wellbeing

Edited by Adrian Bonner

Based on the ‘rainbow model’ of the social determinants of health, this book examines the key factors which can lead to poor quality of life, homelessness and reduced mortality.