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Education is at the heart of our mission to make a difference. Our goal is to support students’ learning with materials that foster understanding, confidence and skills.

We have a diverse and growing programme of textbooks and learning resources that are designed for Social Science courses at university and college level. We take pride in publishing quality content at affordable prices, and we cater to a wide range of learning styles in print and digital formats.

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Community Research for Participation

From Theory to Method

Presenting the latest thinking in the field, this book bridges a major gap in knowledge by considering both theoretical and practical issues relating to community research methodologies.

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Critical perspectives on user involvement

This original and insightful reader provides a critical stock take of the state of user involvement and will be an important resource for students studying health and social care and social work, researchers and user activists.

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Finance for Housing

An Introduction

In this much-needed text, current housing finance issues (and their history) are linked with broader social policy and political themes. It covers the finance of building and refurbishment, managing and maintaining property for all the different tenures and discusses whether current arrangements are sustainable.

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Understanding Social Security

Issues for Policy and Practice

The political and economic landscape of UK social security provision has changed significantly since the 2008 financial crisis. This fully revised, restructured and updated 3rd edition of a go-to text book covers all the key policy changes and their implications since the elections of 2010 and 2015.

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The Ann Oakley reader

Gender, women and social science

Edited and selected by the author, this reader starts with work first published in the early 1970s. Ann Oakley's research and writing on sex and gender, housework, motherhood, women's health, and social science have influenced many inside and beyond social science, helping to shape the academic study of women and gender up to the present day.

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Social Divisions

Inequality and Diversity in Britain

Informed by sociological theory and recent empirical analysis, the new edition of this classic textbook is an accessible account of the major social divisions that structure social life. Written by experts, it covers an unrivalled range of social divisions, diversity and inequalities. This is an invaluable sourcebook for social science students.

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A Companion to Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk

This unique and topical companion provides expert analyses that explore the interface between criminal justice and mental health. It consolidates scholarly analysis of theory, policy and practice and practical debates, in addition to the theoretical and ideological concerns surrounding risk assessment, treatment, control and management.

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Shaping health policy

Case study methods and analysis

This collection, written by leading health policy researchers, examines the role that case-studies play in British health policy, covering key health policy literatures in the policy process, analytical frameworks and seminal moments of the NHS.

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Child welfare and social policy

An essential reader

Edited by Harry Hendrick

This book provides an essential introduction to the key concepts, issues, policies and practices affecting child welfare, with particular emphasis on the changing nature of relationships between child welfare and social policy. No other book brings together such a wide selection of material to form an indispensable teaching and learning resource.

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A Companion to State Power, Liberties and Rights

This book provides succinct yet robust definitions and explanations of core concepts and themes in relation to state power, liberties and human rights. Laid out in a user-friendly A-Z format, entries have with clear direction to related entries and further reading. It will be suitable for students on a variety of courses.

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Health inequalities

Lifecourse approaches

The lifecourse perspective on adult health and health inequalities in particular, is one of the most important recent developments in epidemiology and public health. This book brings together the work of one of the most distinguished academics in the field. It is the first to specifically take a lifecourse approach to health inequalities.

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A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation

This is the first accessible, succinct text to provide definitions and explanations of key terms and concepts relating to the expanding field of crime, harm and victimisation. Written by a wide range of experts, it includes theories, ideas and case studies relating to victims of conventional crime and victims outside the remit of criminal law.

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