Handbook on Society and Social Policy
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Handbook on Society and Social Policy

Edited by Nicholas Ellison and Tina Haux

This comprehensive Handbook provides a unique overview of the key issues and challenges facing society and social policy in the twenty-first century, discussing how welfare is conceptualised, organised and delivered in contemporary global society. Chapters engage with specific areas of social policy as well as with the social divisions and institutional infrastructures that underpin them. The Handbook also considers how social policy should respond to the challenges posed by austerity, human migration and the climate crisis.
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Chapter 9: Race and ethnicity

Nasar Meer

Abstract

This chapter first introduces readers to the study of race, and then secondly the study of ethnicity, noting both the historical and contemporary significance of each. In the third section, the chapter discusses how both these categories can feature in a particular area, specifically health and well-being. Focusing on three examples, this final section illustrates how and why categories of race and ethnicity can both help and hinder an understanding of good social policies.

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