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Impact of the pandemic

In order for us to truly understand the lasting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need perspectives from across the academic sphere to conduct subject specific, and interdisciplinary, studies.

The books collected here truly span the breadth of social science studies, from the effect of the pandemic on the voluntary sector, to investigating the legal responses to COVID-19.

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Pandemic Societies

This important book explores the dimensions, dynamics and implications of the emerging pandemic society, shedding new light on how pandemics are socially produced and, in turn, shape societies in governance, work and recreation, science and technology, education, and family life.

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Policy, Practice and Obstacles

Re-examining health, healthcare and societal health using the latest data and research, this book addresses definitions of health, changes in health over time and the contribution of healthcare. It also suggests ways of effectively tackling obstacles to improving health and healthcare in 21st century Britain.

Advancing Health Rights Through Community Development and Participatory Praxis

In our post-pandemic world, the international community and national governments are searching for new solutions to build healthy and resilient societies. This timely book focuses on community participation in building healthier populations, with practical examples from the Global North and South.

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Adult Social Care Law and Policy

Lessons from the Pandemic

Available Open Access digitally under CC-BY-NC-ND licence.

The pandemic exposed weaknesses in adult social care, putting people who draw on services in more precarious positions. This book explores the impact of emergency laws and operational changes, providing solutions for improving laws and regulations going forwards.

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Agenda for Social Justice 3

Solutions for 2024

The Agenda for Social Justice 3 provides accessible insights into some of the most pressing social problems in the United States and proposes public policy responses to those problems. Chapters include discussion of social problems related to criminal justice, the economy, food insecurity, education, healthcare, housing and immigration.

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Education and Resilience in Crisis

Challenges and Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Crimes of the Powerful and the Contemporary Condition

The Democratic Republic of Capitalism

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Low-Paid EU Migrant Workers

The House, The Street, The Town

This unique research paints a vivid picture of migrant workers' experiences during the turbulent times of Brexit and COVID-19. Based on longitudinal research, it explores their legal struggles around employment, housing, welfare and health and sheds much-needed light on the crucial role of NGOs helping migrants navigate them.

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Access to Justice, Digitalization and Vulnerability

Exploring Trust in Justice

Written by key names in the field, this book explores the impact of digitization and COVID-19 on justice in housing and special needs education. It analyses access to justice, offers recommendations for improvement and provides valuable insights into administrative justice from user perspectives.

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Critical Social Work with Children and Families

Theory, Context and Practice

This fully-updated, accessible textbook considers the theory and practice of critical social work in addressing inequality and social injustice. It is essential reading for students, educators and practitioners of child and family social work.

Ethnographic Methods in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Research

Lessons from a Time of Crisis

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This edited volume discusses the methodological and ethical challenges that researchers are currently facing whilst attempting to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities throughout Europe.

Disasters and Changes in Society and Politics

Contemporary Perspectives from Italy

Edited by Giuseppe Forino

This book brings a critical perspective to post-disaster reconstruction in Italy, and the sometimes radical changes in individual and collective behaviours that persist following such events. Considering the impacts of climate change and COVID-19, this edited book will stimulate debate on policy and practice in disaster recovery.