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Equality and authority : a study of class, status and power in Australia. /

by Encel, Solomon.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Cheshire 1970Description: 492 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The truly disadvantaged: the inner city, the underclass and public policy. /

by Wilson, William J.

Publisher: Chicago, IL University of Chicago Press 1987Description: 254 p. Bibliography: p. 225-247. Index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Social class and stratification. /

by Saunders, Peter.

Publisher: London, U.K. Routledge 1990Description: 140 p. Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Welfare reform, the underclass thesis and the process of legitimising social divisions /

by Martin, Sonia Lea.

Publisher: [2007]Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Refers to The McClure report (2000)Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The state of the Australian middle class . /

by Hamilton, Clive | The Australia Institute | Downie, Christian | Lu, Yi-Hua.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. The Australia Institute 2007Description: PDF.Notes: URL: '' Checked: 6/10/2008 10:46:00 AM Status: Live Details: HTTP status 200 - Usual success responseAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The kite runner. /

by Hosseini, Khaled.

Publisher: New York, NY Penguin Group (USA) 2003Description: xii, 371 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Inequality in Australia : slicing the cake /

by The Social Justice Collective | O'Leary, Jan | Sharp, Rachel.

Publisher: Port Melbourne, Vic. William Heinemann Australia 1991Description: xxvi, 338 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographies.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Religion, class coalitions, and welfare states /

by Kersbergen, Kees van (Ed.) | Manow, Philip (Ed.).

Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. Cambridge University Press 2009Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Neoliberalism and the underclass thesis : social divisions in an era of welfare reform /

by Martin, Sonia.

Publisher: Saarbrucken, Germany Verlag Dr. Muller 2009Description: x, 399 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.Notes: Thesis (PhD)--University of South Australia,2006. Also available electronically via the WWW.Summary: This thesis is a study of social divisions and an assessment of the impact of neoliberalism upon them. Its purpose is to investigate the nature of comtemporary social divisions, and whether or not the 'underclass' is a useful way of conceiving the social and economic marginalisation of some individuals. ; The underclass thesis crystallises in a powerful and contentious way some fundamental premises that underpin the neoliberal philosophy, namely that the welfare state is considered a threat to freedom, discourages work, and is socially and economically damaging. Thus there ought to be a reduced role for the state in the provision of welfare. ; There are two fundamental weaknesses in social democratic critics' contributions to debates about welfare reform. The first relates to a focus on residual welfare and measurements of poverty, largely neglecting the systems of power that underlie welfare distribution. The second relates to the omission of agency. Critics' responses have tended to ignore the behaviour of the welfare beneficiaries targeted by current reform. In order to address both of these issues, I have formulated a critical post-traditional paradigm of social divisions. ; The study comprises three stages. The first is an historical overview of neoliberal policy and a quantitative analysis of social divisions. The findings indicate that neoliberal nations have the lowest commitment to welfare, and the highest levels of poverty and widening inequality. In Australia, labour market changes and educational underachievement are likely to contribute to new and emerging divisions, and the cumulative nature of disadvantage is apparent within low socio-economic areas. ; The second stage of the study examines the policies of the Howard Coalition Government in Australia and focuses on the prevalence of the underclass phenomenon in current welfare reform. Records central to the Government's welfare reform agenda are analysed to examine policy makers' normative beliefs. The findings reveal that the underclass thesis is an ideological construct that legitimises a reduction of welfare provision and control of the unemployed. ; The third stage of the study focuses on the experiences of unemployment among young people, and the views and experiences of welfare providers who work with them. The data show that individuals make decisions about their lives from the range of options they perceive to be available to them at a particular point in time. These options are not limited to those made available by the provisions of the welfare state, nor are they solely the product of inter-generational welfare. The welfare providers enforce the Government's position on welfare reform by endorsing a version of the underclass thesis in their work and directing their interventions at the individual. ; Considered together, the findings reveal that a conservative neoliberal social policy fails to capture the complex interaction that occurs between individuals and their social environment, and the impact this has on their labour market activities. By successfully converting the problem of welfare dependency into a private issue, a neoliberal social policy is legitimised and current social arrangements are maintained.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Class, inequality and the state : social change, social policy and the new middle class. /

by Jamrozik, Adam.

Publisher: Sth. Melbourne, Vic. Macmillan 1991Description: 348 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Urban regeneration, scale and balancing social mix /

by Arthurson, Kathy | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. The Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008; Research & Policy Centre 2008Description: PDF.Other title: Social Inclusion and Place Based The Brotherhood of St.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: 13 June 2008 The social inclusion and place based disadvantage workshop was held on the 13th of June 2008 at the Metropole Conference Centre in Fitzroy, Victoria, under the auspices of the Brotherhood of St Laurence?s Research & Policy Centre and the Victorian Government?s Department of Planning & Community Development. It was hosted by Paul Smyth, facilitated by Allison McClelland, and coordinated by Kristine Philipp. These proceedings are aimed at fostering, informing and stimulating public reflection, discussion, debate, research, and policy initiatives to address one of the central challenges facing contemporary Australian governments, industries and communities. Bibliography : p. 9Summary: Whilst the debate about a socially excluded underclass has been contentious, it has contributed to the stigmatisation of areas in which social housing is concentrated. This affects social housing tenants through increased difficulty in gaining employment due to negative perceptions of particular areas and lack of role models in terms of employment participation and educational achievement. There are also other implications, such as poor quality local services and lowered local amenity. Recent reforms to implement tighter assessment criteria for accessing social housing mean that these issues around concentrations of disadvantaged tenants are likely to increase rather than decrease. These circumstances have prompted renewed interest by urban and social planners and housing policy makers in the idea of 'social mix'.Availability: (1)

Dispositional change for a new work habitus : is that all it takes for retrenched textile workers? /

by Keating, Maree | The Australian Sociological Association.

Publisher: unpub. 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Conference paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference. Social Causes, Private Lives (2010 : North Ryde, N.S.W.) Bibliography : p. 13-14 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: Changes in the Australian economy brought about by the 'Global Financial Crisis' saw tangible effects in early 2009 with another downturn in the manufacturing sector in Victoria and New South Wales. The well publicised retrenchment in March 2009 of 1,850 employees from Pacific Brands, became a story which provoked much public response. In the years leading up to 2009, however, retrenchment had affected thousands of workers in large, iconic companies such as Blundstones in Hobart and Yakka in Albury/Wodonga. This paper discusses the dispositional changes undergone by those retrenched workers who stayed in the labour market, and the circumstances under which 'desirable' personal adaptations resulted in advantages for them. The current emphasis placed by training and employment policy on the individual's acquisition of 'employability' attributes, qualities and orientation fails to recognise the ways in which constructions of work within particular occupations and industries generate conditions which advantage or disadvantage individuals and in which particular dispositions might thrive.Availability: (1)

Applied learning after class /

by Pardy, John | The Australian Sociological Association.

Publisher: unpub. 2010Description: PDF.Other title: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference..Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Conference paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference. Social Causes, Private Lives (2010 : North Ryde, N.S.W.) Bibliography : p. 11-12 SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: By foregrounding teachers, practices in the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) this paper illustrates how social class can be deployed to critically explain inequalities and differences in schooling. Applied learning is represented as a practical and 'un-academic' schooling option for the 'difficult to teach', and has similarities with earlier institutional forms of working class schooling as provided in Technical Schools. Schooling through VCAL prepares students differently than general schooling by instigating a new subjective and cultural shift in schooling. ; VICTORIAN CERTIFICATE OF APPLIED LEARNING (VCAL)Availability: (1)

Cultural Chameleons : an investigation into the construction and influences of working-class identities on the formal learning of white, baby-boomer males /

by Lovett, Trevor | The Australian Sociological Association.

Publisher: unpub. 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Conference paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference. Social Causes, Private Lives (2010 : North Ryde, N.S.W.) Bibliography : p. 9-11Summary: This paper outlines the findings of a qualitative, narrative, retrospective investigation into white, working-class, baby-boomer males? perceptions of their own formal educational experiences. The study while accepting the significance of the socio-economic/class correlation also identified important non-material influences of class on the participants? formal learning. The investigation revealed how discursively marginalized social identities negotiated their relationship with formal learning environments. Social persistence or continuity was considered problematic because many effects normally associated with a stratified social structure were not obvious in the research data. The study showed that the participants' educational potential was affected more by the dynamics of personal interaction than broad socially constructed differences. It was found that the educational and social opportunities of the participant sample tended to be a consequence of the respect individual actors showed for each other both within and outside the context of the school.Availability: (1)

Young people, work and welfare : an 'underclass' of 'badly behaving' youth? /

by Martin, Sonia | The Australian Sociological Association.

Publisher: unpub. (Brotherhood of St Laurence) 2008Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Refereed paper submitted to the annual conference of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) : Re-imagining Sociology. 2-5 December 2008 at the University of Melbourne, Parkville. Victoria. INTO AND OUT OF WORK SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: Current welfare arrangements are underpinned by contentious assumptions about the behaviour and morality of welfare beneficiaries. The agenda is guided by the belief that the sources of disadvantage and exclusion are largely attributable to the perceived behavioural problems and moral shortcomings of the disadvantaged themselves, and the perceived disincentive effects of the welfare state, manifest in what is believed to be an 'underclass'. The policy solution is to tighten eligibility requirements, coerce individuals into behaving in prescribed ways and to enforce labour market participation. Guided by critical social inquiry, the paper asks whether the 'underclass' is a useful heuristic device for understanding some young people's disengagement from the labour market. Reporting on interview findings with 27 young people with varying attachments to work, the paper explores respondents' experiences of, and their values and attitudes towards, work and welfare and examines whether there is evidence to suggest some welfare recipients are 'behaving badly'.Availability: (1)

The inheritance of inequality. /

by Broom, Leonard.

Publisher: London, U.K. Routledge & Regan Paul 1980Description: 196 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Casual labour : a stepping stone to something better or part of an underclass? /

by Richardson, David | Australia Institute.

Publisher: Bruce, A.C.T. The Australia Institute 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2012 Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: This paper responds to the invitation by the Brian Howe inquiry set up to examine insecure work. The consultation document makes it clear that the casualisation of the workforce is a consequence of the increasing flexibility built into the labour market at the initiative of employers/business and the general predisposition for deregulation among policy-makers.Availability: (1)

Social class in later life : power, identity and lifestyle /

by Formosa, Marvin (ed.) | Higgs, Paul (ed.).

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. Policy Press 2013Description: xvi, 190 p.Notes: Contents: Introduction / Marvin Formosa and Paul Higgs -- Social class structures and social mobility: the background context / Wendy Bottero -- Ageing and class in a globalised world / Chris Philipson -- Measuring social class in later life / Alexandra Lopes -- Social class, identity and later life / Martin Hyde and Ian Rees Jones -- Class, pensions and old age security / Elizangela Storelli and John Williamson -- Class and health inequality in later life / Ian Rees Jones and Paul Higgs -- Class, care and caring / Christina Victor -- Social work, class and later life / Patricia Hafford-Letchfield -- The changing significance of social class in later life / Marvin Formosa and Paul Higgs.Summary: Social Class in Later Life collects the latest research on class, culture, and aging, exploring the relationship between them and offering a critical guide to the ways in which age and class relations intersect with each other. Bringing together a range of international scholars, Marvin Formosa and Paul Higgs develop a sophisticated, analytical and empirical understanding of late-life class dynamics. It will be of interest to students and researchers examining the implications of global aging as well as scholars concerned with the development of a more critical and engaged gerontology.[Publisher]Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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The client speaks : working class impressions of casework. /

by Mayer, John E | Timms, Noel.

Publisher: London, U.K. Routledge & Kegan Paul 1970Description: 193 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The future of work in Australia / The Eleventh Sambell Memorial Oration delivered by The Hon, Barry O, Jones MP National President, Australian Labor Party

by Jones, Barry O | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. The G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust 1992Description: 26 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: "Occasional Paper - Companions of St Laurence - 1992" - Front cover Delivered on 11 August 1992Summary: In inviting me to deliver the 1992 Oration, Bishop Michael Challen asked me to open up the theme of “The future of work” and it is proposed that the orations in 1993 and 1994 develop the same subject. My book Sleepers, Wake! (Oxford University Press 1982) was subtitled, “Technology and the Future of Work”. The subject has interested me for many years. Some of this Oration is drawn from Sleepers, Wake! and also from material I wrote for the report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee for Long Term Strategies, Expectations of life: increasing the options for the 21st Century (AGPS 1992). Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).

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