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Systems, Fiddling and Strangers: Young People on the 'Welfare State'

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Systems, Fiddling and Strangers: Young People on the 'Welfare State' By Ian McIntosh Introduction This article is about young peoples understanding of the welfare state, how they characterize it and what they think it is for. To do this, the method applied was the interview. It was selected 33 young people aged 18 to 25. In this sample were included school leavers, students in higher education and young people working in a variety of part-time and full-time occupations. The young respondents showed to be not well clarified about the welfare state and seem to have an unawareness relating to the topic. I will try to identify the main points in this 'socio-political' article and a brief critical analysis should constitute the aim of this review. Young people are less aware of the political and economical situation of the countries - this is a fact! ...read more.


Some of McIntosh's respondents tend to see welfare state either as 'safety net' and an 'actual' set of bureaucratic procedures or a way to abuse the system. Basically, part of the interviewees believe that the government have a caring role facing society, they accept as true that all of us have an obligation towards 'other people' and if we live in a society we have to make sure that everybody is engaged with the social worries. Here are two quotes defending this point of view: 'We should all look out for each other, if you know them or not' (woman 19). 'If you are in society you do have some kind of responsibility to the rest of society so I definitely think a welfare state can help this to some extent'. ...read more.


It is with a little bit of sadness that we see some indifference from young people on those sociological/political issues, even knowing that those young men and women will be the future of the country. The hope is that they will, either by necessity or by concern, care about these and other issues sooner or later and probably they will not describe or see the welfare state as 'something good for others or those in need', definitively they will think as proactive members in the society and will include themselves in that. Social Problems & Social Policy Article Review On Systems, Fiddling and Stranger: Young People on the 'Welfare State'. By Ian McIntosh Manchester Metropolitan University Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Tutor: Shafqat Nasir Cl�udia Xafr�do dos Reis BA(Hons) Humanities &Social Sciences Year 1 ...read more.

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