Risk, citizenship and welfare: introduction
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Risk, citizenship and welfare: introduction book
Contemporary welfare provision poses serious challenges for social policy. Large and rapid changes are said to be taking place in the way we live, work and relate to each other. Long-term shifts in society have led to increasingly wider discussion of its character, with some social theorists characterizing it as ‘risk society’ (notably Beck 1992). Risk society is said to be marked by a pervasive and inescapable sense of concern about what is arising from past and current actions, and uncertainty about what will be encountered in the future. These shifts have resulted in debates about the nature of risk, whether and what kinds of social welfare policy interventions might reduce or modify the impact of risky events, insecurity and exclusion in such a society, and the implications for different forms of ‘welfare citizenship’.