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Colonialism And Welfare

Social Policy and the British Imperial Legacy

James Midgley , David Piachaud

Edited by James Midgley, Harry and Riva Specht Professor, University of California, Berkeley, US and David Piachaud, Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics, London, UK

2011 224 pp Hardback 978 1 84980 848 4
2012 Paperback 978 0 85793 243 3
ebook isbn 978 1 84980 849 1

Hardback £70.00 on-line price £63.00

Paperback £27.00 on-line price £21.60


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‘Midgley and Piachaud’s book. . .offers scholars, students and social policy advocates an eminently readable, thought provoking overview of the historical development, current goals and future prospects of social protection policy in China, India, Brazil and South Africa.’
Tanusha Raniga, Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

Contributors: J. Harrison, N. Jayaram, E. Kaseke, R. Kattumuri, J. Lewis, J. Midgley, L. Patel, D. Piachaud, P. Smyth, K.-l. Tang

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The British Empire covered three centuries, five continents and one-quarter of the world’s population. Its legacy continues, shaping the societies and welfare policies of much of the modern world. In this book, for the first time, this legacy is explored and analysed.

Colonialism and Welfare reveals that social welfare policies, often discriminatory and challenging to those colonised, were introduced and imposed by the ‘mother country.’ It highlights that there was great diversity in rationales and impacts across the empire, but past developments had a major impact on the development of much of the world’s population. Contributions from every continent explore both the diversity and the common themes in the imperial experience. They examine the legacy of colonial welfare – a subject largely neglected by both historians of empire and social policy analysts.

This original book shows that social welfare today cannot be understood without understanding the legacy of the British Empire. Academics and specialised students with an interest in comparative social policy, history of social policy, imperial history, colonialism, and contemporary third world social policy will find this book invaluable to their studies.

Full table of contents



James Midgley and David Piachaud

1. The British Empire and World History: Welfare Imperialism and ‘Soft’ Power in the Rise and Fall of Colonial Rule
Joanna Lewis

2. Imperialism, Colonialism and Social Welfare
James Midgley

3. The Colonial Legacy and Social Policy in the British Caribbean
John Harrison

4. Race, Inequality and Social Welfare: South Africa’s Imperial Legacy
Leila Patel

5. Caste, Corporate Disabilities and Compensatory Discrimination in India: Colonial Legacy and Post-colonial Paradox
N. Jayaram

6. Colonial Policy and Social Welfare: The Hong Kong Experience
Kwong-leung Tang

7. The Poor Laws, Colonialism and Social Welfare: Social Assistance in Zimbabwe
Edwell Kaseke

8. Fabianism, Social Policy and Colonialism: The Case of Tanzania
David Piachaud

9. The British Influence on Social Security Policy: Provident Funds in Asia and Africa
Edwell Kaseke, James Midgley and David Piachaud

10. Higher Education in India: The Legacy of Colonialism
Ruth Kattumuri

11. The British Social Policy Legacy in Australia
Paul Smyth

12. Conclusion: Interpreting the Imperial Legacy for Social Welfare
James Midgley and David Piachaud


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