Travellers and the welfare state

Becky Taylor

in A Minority and the State

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780719075674
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700853 | DOI:
Travellers and the welfare state

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This chapter investigates how the post-war welfare state changed the ideological context in which Travellers existed, and also addresses how the ethos of citizenship was deployed in relation to the idea of a modern, reconstructing Britain, as well as how this fed into the establishment of the welfare state. It concentrates on the deployment of education and housing policies towards Travellers. The legal rights that came with citizenship were enhanced by entitlements to new and extensive health, educational and housing benefits. The 1944 Education Act created a tripartite partnership between central and local government and the individual schools and colleges. The settlement and housing policies of local authorities raise a number of issues regarding the relationship between Travellers and the state. Travellers' experiences of education and housing in the post-war period resonate with Zygmunt Bauman's questions over the true nature of the promise of assimilation.

Keywords: welfare state; Travellers; Britain; citizenship; education; housing policies; 1944 Education Act; assimilation

Chapter.  11297 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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