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A welfare society

Vic George

in Major thinkers in welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427069
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427069.003.0007
A welfare society

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This chapter discusses the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whose work on poverty and inequality and theses on balance are well-known. The discussion begins with his views on human nature before it looks at his historical premise that the march of civilisation has reduced both liberty and equality. A section on the intricate connection between private property and poverty is included, as well as a discussion on Rousseau's view on the role of women in society. His ideas on education and the concept of an ideal society are examined carefully.

Keywords: Jean-Jacques Rousseau; liberty; equality; private property; poverty; role of women; ideal society

Chapter.  12325 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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