Civil Society Organizations in Turbulent Times
A Gilded Web?

Paper: 978 1 85856 815 7 / $37.95
 
Published: June 2017  

Publisher: Trentham Books
224 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 4/5"
Fundamental changes to British social policy have seen civil society organizations assume a significant role in welfare provision, but chasing money and status have come at a high price. What has happened to integrity and morality, when many voluntary service organizations have become trapped in a gilded web of neo-liberal arrangements and a rapidly privatizing services industry? Why are they reinforcing the social, economic and political systems they were originally established to reform?

Drawing on contemporary research conducted in diverse service fields and from varied theoretical frameworks, the book offers vital analysis for people studying and working in civil society organizations, and for those concerned to reawaken the critical voices and independent spaces that could challenge the growing inequalities and failures of current social systems.

Table of Contents:
Preface

1. Civil society organizations in turbulent times: Contested terrain, by Linda Milbourne and Ursula Murray
2. Civil society and neo-liberalism, by Ursula Murray and Linda Milbourne

PART 1. THE STATE OF WELFARE AND THE NEW SERVICE INDUSTRY
3. Is this the death of social housing? by Cate Evans
4. Transitions from the statutory to the third sector: The experience of social workers, by Antony Moore
5. Voluntary organizations and criminal justice: A misguided turn, by Ursula Murray

PART 2. POWER: INDEPENDENCE AND GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING
6. Marginalizing diverse voices: Working with minority interests against the tide of mainstreaming, by Palmela Witter
7. The role of faith-based organizations in welfare delivery, by Wale Olulana
8. Voluntary action: Micro-organizations and infrastructure support, by Truly Johnston;

PART 3. SHADOW CONVERSATIONS OF WORKERS
9. Workers in voluntary organizations: Space for political awareness? by Alexandra Molano-Avilan
10. Personalization in adult social care: A shadow conversation ignored, by Dawn Thorpe
11. Less happy more often? Well-being in voluntary service organizations, by Rachel Potts;
12. Dangerous liaisons and spaces for resistance, by Linda Milbourne and Ursula Murray

Appendix
Index



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