Unruly Practices is a useful book for students of social theory. It will appeal to those interested in and familiar with the work of Foucault, Rorty and Habermas as well as readers concerned with the implications of social theory in public policy. The loosely connected series of essays are clearly written, dense and demanding. The final chapters on the politics of need-interpretation, which attempt to put theoretical insights into practice, are perhaps the most accessible. They clearly demonstrate that social theories do inform welfare practice and that critiques of gendering in social theory can throw light on how contemporary welfare practice might be challenged.