Social Fabric or Patchwork Quilt: The Development of Social Policy in Canada

© 2006

Both historical and contemporary features of Canadian social welfare are explored in this wide-ranging and in-depth collection. Social Fabric or Patchwork Quilt explores the evolution of the Canadian social welfare state from a system based upon voluntarism and philanthropy to one in which the State's involvement has increased considerably. It also shows how the roles of governments at all levels have changed in recent times.

Chapters describe the developing Canadian welfare state from Confederation to the present. Beginning with an integrative framework in the general introduction, the selected essays represent many perspectives: chronological, regional, multidisciplinary and ideological. An important feature of this collection is the consideration of providers and recipients. Such wide-ranging outlooks are possible given the diverse backgrounds of contributors, which include historians, sociologists, social workers, public policy experts and political scientists. As well as historical and sociological studies, topics include key programs (discussed in detail), the quality of services received by principal target groups, new directions in research; some contributions even revisit foundational older works and key government documents.

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  • Page Count: 538 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.3in x 9.0in
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Both historical and contemporary features of Canadian social welfare are explored in this wide-ranging and in-depth collection.

Social Fabric or Patchwork Quilt: The Development of Social Policy in Canada

© 2006

Both historical and contemporary features of Canadian social welfare are explored in this wide-ranging and in-depth collection. Social Fabric or Patchwork Quilt explores the evolution of the Canadian social welfare state from a system based upon voluntarism and philanthropy to one in which the State's involvement has increased considerably. It also shows how the roles of governments at all levels have changed in recent times.

Chapters describe the developing Canadian welfare state from Confederation to the present. Beginning with an integrative framework in the general introduction, the selected essays represent many perspectives: chronological, regional, multidisciplinary and ideological. An important feature of this collection is the consideration of providers and recipients. Such wide-ranging outlooks are possible given the diverse backgrounds of contributors, which include historians, sociologists, social workers, public policy experts and political scientists. As well as historical and sociological studies, topics include key programs (discussed in detail), the quality of services received by principal target groups, new directions in research; some contributions even revisit foundational older works and key government documents.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 538 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.3in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Raymond B. Blake is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Regina.


    Jeffrey A. Keshen is Dean of Arts at Mount Royal University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    I: Beginnings

    Chapter 1
    Saving for a Rainy Day: Social Security in Late Nineteenth-Century and Early Twentieth-Century Canada
    Dennis T. Guest

    Chapter 2
    Blood on the Factory Floor: The Workers' Compensation Movement in Canada and the United States
    Robert H. Babcock

    Chapter 3
    "In the Interests of the Children": Mothers' Allowances and the Origins of Income Security in Ontario, 1917-1930
    James Struthers

    Chapter 4 
    Scandal and Social Policy: The Ideal Maternity Home and the Evolution of Social Policy in Nova Scotia, 1940-1951
    Karen Balcom

    Chapter 5 
    "Forward to a Farm": Land Settlement as Unemployment Relief in the 1930s
    Dawn S. Bowen

    Chapter 6 
    History According to the Boucher Report: Some Reflections on the State and Social Welfare in Quebec before the Quiet Revolution
    B.L. Vigod

    Chapter 7 
    A New Taxpayer for a New State: Charitable Fundraising and the Origins of the Welfare State
    Shirley Tillotson

    II: Triumph to Reform

    Chapter 8 
    A New Beginning: "The Veteran's Charter"
    Jeffrey A. Keshen  

    Chapter 9 
    In the Children's Interest? Change and Continuity in a Century of Canadian Social Welfare Initiatives for Children
    Raymond B. Blake

    Chapter 10
    Income Maintenance, Insurance Principles, and the "Liberal 1960s": Canada's Unemployment Insurance Program, 1961-1971
    L. Richard Lund

    Chapter 11
    Integrating the Inuit: Social Work Practice in the Eastern Arctic, 1955-1963
    Frank James Tester

    Chapter 12
    First Nations Child and Family Services, 1982-1992: Facing the Realities
    Peter Hudson and Sharon Taylor-Henley

    Chapter 13
    Eroding Canadian Social Welfare: The Mulroney Legacy, 1984-1993
    Patricia Evans

    Chapter 14
    The Rise of Chain Nursing Homes in Ontario, 1971-1996  
    Joel A.C. Baum

    Chapter 15
    Access to Physician Services in Quebec: Relative Influence of Household Income and Area of Residence 
    Francois Rivest, Pascal Bosse, Silviu Nedelca, and Alain Simard

    III: New Realities in Social Security

    Chapter 16
    The Social Policy Divide: The Welfare State in Canada and the United States
    Keith Banting  

    Chapter 17
    Current Issues Surrounding Poverty and Welfare Programming in Canada: Two Reviews
    Garson Hunter and Dionne Miazdyck

    Chapter 18
    Tilting Toward Marketization: Reform of the Canadian Pension Plan
    Glenn Drover

    Chapter 19
    Canadian Disability Policy: Still a Hit-and-Miss Affair
    Michael J. Prince

    Chapter 20
    Employment Benefits for Same-Sex Couples: The Expanding Entitlement
    Donald D. Carter

    Chapter 21
    Three Choices for the Future of Medicare
    Gregory P. Marchildon  

    Chapter 22
    How Will the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Evolving Jurisprudence Affect Health-Care Costs?
    Donna Greschner

    Chapter 23
    The Contribution of the Social Economy to Social Policy: Lessons from Quebec
    Yves Vaillancourt, Francois Aubry, Louise Tremblay, Muriel Kearney, and Luc Theriault

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