Comment: This new book – Welfare Words: Critical Social Work & Social Policy (London, Sage, 2018), by Paul M. Garrett – brings a critical and discerning eye to the use of language in welfare policy in the UK. Drawing inspiration from the classic book, Keywords: A vocabulary of culture and society (London, Fontana, 1976), by Raymond Williams, Garrett zooms in on a cluster of concepts that have shaped a good deal of welfare debate in recent years, including Dependency, Underclass, Social In/Exclusion, Early Intervention, Resilience, Care and Adoption. His goal is to question the taken-for-granted meanings of these terms, to show how specific meanings reflect power relations, and to encourage researchers to think more critically about the languages they adopt. Since WPR also directs attention to the operation of key concepts and categories in shaping social worlds (through Question 2) it is useful to consider the overlaps and discrepancies between WPR and Welfare Words. Basically, we encounter through this work some of the ongoing debates about the relationship between critical policy analysis and poststructuralism. There is certainly common ground in Garrett’s concern regarding the authority to name “social problems” (2018, p. 14). However, the focus on “a struggle for meaning where dominant forces seek to embed certain hegemonic understandings to serve their class interests” signals a point of contrast in approach. In Foucault-influence poststructuralism, the theoretical target is not powerful groups manipulating meaning for gain but how we are all immersed in taken-for-granted knowledges that shape what is possible. Garrett (2018, p. 16) shows an inclination towards this form of interpretation where he draws on Foucault (The Birth of Biopolitics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, p. 243) to highlight the need to “gain insight into the ‘analytical schema or grid of intelligibility’ of the social formation in which these words are prevalent”. The question remains as to the possibility (or impossibility) of blending these positions (see FAQ 10).