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Development, Social Policy, and Community Action: Lessons From Below

Leila Patel and Marianne S. Ulriksen, editors
Development, Social Policy, and Community Action: Lessons From Below
ISBN: 978-0-7969-2551-0
$29.95
2017/220 pages
Distributed for HSRC Press
"The success of developmental social policies, social assistance in particular, must be measured by how embedded they are in the lives and livelihoods of disadvantaged groups. This book offers an illuminating and comprehensive account of the interaction of citizens and community organizations with welfare institutions and policy. Refreshingly, power, agency, citizenship, and social justice take a leading role."—Armando Barrientos, University of Manchester

"This is a very important book; I strongly endorse it and recommend it to policymakers, academics, students, and civil society actors." —Ndangwa Noyoo, University of Cape Town

DESCRIPTION

Solutions to poverty and inequality are often designed, implemented, and evaluated in a top-down manner. The authors of this book turn things around, using a range of research approaches to show how social-assistance policies can be crafted to support local communities to effect positive change. Though based on studies conducted in the urban area of Doornkop, South Africa, the work applies equally to the broader search for solution in similar contexts.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leila Patel is professor of social development studies at the Centre for Social Development, University of Johannesburg. Marianne S. Ulriksen is assistant professor at the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies, University of Southern Denmark.

CONTENTS

  • THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN CITIZENS, THE COMMUNITY, AND THE STATE FOR DEVELOPMENT.
  • Doornkop in Perspective: Context and Approach—the Editors.
  • Social Assistance and Electoral Choice: A Citizen Perspective—Z. Ismail and M.S. Ulriksen.
  • IMPACT OF THE CHILD SUPPORT GRANT.
  • A Micro Analysis of Social Justice and the Child Support Grant—T. Hochfeld and S. Plagerson.
  • How the CSG Works to Promote Women’s Empowerment and Child Wellbeing in Doornkop, Soweto—L. Patel et al.
  • How Does the Child Support Grant Affect Father Participation in Parenting?—E.M. Mavungu, F. Brils, and M. Beernink.
  • Solidarity in the Doornkop Community: How State Interventions Affect Ubuntu—M.S. Ulriksen and D. Heijstek.
  • NEEDS, STRATEGIES, AND SERVICES FOR POPULATIONS AT RISK.
  • Mental Healthcare for Women—J. Moodley.
  • The Lived Realities of Young Mothers in Doornkop—L. Patel et al.
  • Young People's Experiences of Accessing Post-Secondary Education—L. Graham and S. Geerars.
  • Resources and Barriers to Young People’s Labour Market Participation—M.T. Tinarwo et al.
  • CONCLUSIONS.
  • Reflections on Research Intended to Promote Development—S. Plagerson and L. Graham.
  • Learning from Below: Implications for Welfare Research, Policy, and Practice—M.S. Ulriksen and L. Patel.
     
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