Social work has become a business. The traditional distinction drawn between social work as a non-commercial activity in the public and voluntary sectors of the welfare state and private commercial activities driven by the markets profit motive has largely disappeared. In The Social Work Business John Harris addresses the introduction and consolidation of business thinking and ways of operating in social work and considers the consequences for service users, carers, voluntary organisations and social workers. The book traces the development of the social work business from its establishment under Thatcherism to its modernisation under New Labour. It looks in detail at the use of capitalist sector methods - the heightened use of surveillance, the increase in managerial control, changes in work practices - and how this is being reflected in social work education. The Social Work Business provides a radical reappraisal of the far-reaching changes the profession has undergone. The sources of uneasiness experienced by many social workers, faced with a transformation in the organisational culture in which they work, are thrown into sharp relief and opened up for debate.
Hi, my name is Lindsay Clandfield and I am a teacher, teacher trainer and writer based in Spain. I have been writing materials for language learners since 2000, both online and in print. I have written material for Oxford University Press and Macmillan Publishers. If you have ever used the site Onestopenglish, it is quite likely that you have encountered some of my material. I have published something almost every month over the past seven years.My first book for language teachers was the award-winning Dealing with Difficulties, co-written with Luke Prodromou and published by Delta Publishing. The positive experience led me to join the team at Delta to work on a new series, the Delta Teacher Development Series. It has been an honour to work with some of the best authors and editors in the English Language Teaching, in particular my co-editor of the series Mike Burghall.I am interested in global issues in language teaching, critical thinking, teacher development, technology and innovation in teaching. I currently teach English to state school subject teachers (like History, Maths and Biology teachers) and work on online teacher training courses with Oxford TEFL and The Consultants-E. I also write a popular blog for language teachers called Six Things.I live in a small town in the south of Spain with my wife and two sons.
Marketing is key to the health and wealth of organisations and a vital component in business strategy. Despite the fact that it produces three times more value than any other facet of a business and continual major improvements in its evolution as a profession, marketing and marketers are often undervalued as part of the business and underexploited as a force for profit. It is time marketing - and the Marketer - became critical.The Marketing Manifesto tackles and exposes the problems that stand in the way of the marketer realising marketings prime objective and role - to improve and sustain revenue whilst improving the lives of the customer and consumer. Delivered in a refreshing, engaging and forthright style, by a marketer at the sharp end of successful business practice, The Marketing Manifesto offers unique steps to creating and delivering a successful marketing strategy in any organization and to improve your own a personal impact - on your role, career and organisation.The Marketing Manifesto is a unique, innovative and highly practical title that crystallizes precisely how professional marketers can not only create a goal-oriented personal and company strategy, but an subsequent competitive advantage through applying marketing in a way it could and should be applied and practised.
This book examines the complex relationship between the state, society and business in China, focusing on the experience of the island province of Hainan. This island, for many years a provincial backwater, was given provincial rank in 1988 and became the testing ground for experiments of an economic, political, and social nature that have received great attention from Beijing, in particular the small government, big society project. This book provides a full account of this transition, showing how Hainan casts important light on a number of highly topical issues in contemporary China studies: central-local relations, institutional reform, state-society relations, and economic development strategies. It provides detailed evidence of how relations between party cadres, state bureaucrats, businesses, foreign investors and civil society play out in practice in China today. It argues that despite the liberalization of recent years, especially in the economic sphere, the party state remains the most powerful actor in Chinese society, and that path-breaking reform experiments such as in Hainan remain highly vulnerable due to the central government s hesitation to commit the resources and unequivocal political support needed for the experiments to be successfully realized.
Drawing on the conclusions of recent research, this book takes a more critical view of Peels political career than is conventionally offered. It argues that, although Peel was an efficient administrator and a dominant political leader in the 1830s and 1840s, he lacked both intellectual flexibility and political sensitivity. His arrogance and inflexibility rather than the inadequacies of his backbenchers, were largely responsible for the break-up of the Conservative party in 1846 and for its generation in the political wilderness thereafter.Completing the trilogy of Great Victorian Prime Ministers in the Lancaster Pamphlet series, Professor Evanss reassessment of Peels career sheds light both on a major political figure and, more widely, on party politics in the first half of the nineteenth century.
The final volume in a four part set covering the First World War, this book includes the Allied attempts to capture Constantinople, the bloody campaigning in Northern Italy, the defence of the Suez Canal and the defeat of the Turkish army in Palestine. The war in North Africa is also covered.
State Violence and Human Rights addresses how legal practices rooted in global human rights discourse or local demands take hold in societies where issues of state violence remain to be resolved. Attempts to make societies accountable to human rights norms regularly draw on international legal conventions governing state conduct. As such, interventions tend to be based on inherently normative assumptions about conflict, justice, rights and law, and so often fail to take into consideration the reality of local circumstances, and in particular of state institutions and their structures of authority. Against the grain of these analyses, State Violence and Human Rights takes as its point of departure the fact that law and authority are contested. Grounded in the recognition that concepts of rights and legal practices are not fixed, the contributors to this volume address their contestation in situ; as they focus on the everyday practices of state officials, non-state authorities and reformers. Addressing how state representatives the police officer, the prison officer, the ex-combatant militia member, the hangman and the traditional leader have to negotiate the tensions between international legal imperatives, the expectations of donors, the demands of institutions, as well as their own interests, this volume thus explores how legal discourses are translated from policy into everyday practice.
¿Cómo alguien que ni siquiera sabía que provenía de un óvulo fecundado por un espermatozoide pudo explicar el origen de las especies?Dios no se necesita para explicar el complejo fenómeno de la vida, pero Darwin tampoco. Darwin fue un impostor. ¿Cómo alguien que ni siquiera sabía que provenía de un óvulo fecundado por un espermatozoide pudo explicar el origen de las especies? El mecanismo de la selección natural que él postuló es la vuelta del bobo, una perogrullada, una tautología. Tal es la tesis del ensayo que le da título a este libro sui generis, estrictamente científico pero escrito con humor, con lucidez, con ironía y en buena prosa castellana. Sus otros ensayos tratan de genética, del origen de la primera célula, del recapitulacionismo heckeliano, de taxonomía... Una vasta visión nueva y penetrante de las más importantes facetas del fenómeno biológico.