COMMITMENT TO WELFARE by Richard M. Titmuss

COMMITMENT TO WELFARE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For the social worker, health and welfare administrator, and student of social policy, twenty-one conference addresses and articles on welfarism by the British expert. Timuss, who heads the School of Social Administration at the University of London, stresses the need for a shift of emphasis from ""poverty to inequality, from ad hoc programmes to integrated social rights, from economic to social growth."" Such a change requires rehousing the poor more quickly than the middle class, and steering social workers to public programs rather than to private clinics. These views, which Titmuss has aired in his books (most recently, Essays on the Welfare State and Income Distribution and Social Change), have, in some measure been implemented in Britain, or at least have helped to shape welfare policies there. Of course, the large-scale redistribution of income along with social priorities has not yet been adopted. The essays here are arranged in four sections: teaching and research in social administration, the health and welfare complex, issues in redistribution, and problems in medical care. Rather dry, but useful for the professional.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1968
Publisher: Pantheon