Child Care Policy at the Crossroads: Gender and Welfare State Restructuring

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With the spread of globalization and neo-liberalism, welfare states in advanced industrial societies have undergone dramatic restructuring. How has this affected women? Using child care policy as a lens, Child Care Policy at the Crossroads examines the impact of globalization, neo-liberalism, and welfare state devolution and decentralization on women's status. These essays ask: How has restructuring affected policies in each case, and what impact has this restructuring had on women's social citizenship, personal autonomy, and economic opportunities? What role has feminism played? Comparative studies of child care policy usually focus on statistical and demographic features; by delving into the history, politics, and cultural origins of policies, Child Care Policy at the Crossroads provides a rich, in-depth understanding of each case and affords a complex, multifaceted comparative perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415927048
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sonya Michel is Associate Professor of History and the Director of Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author or editor of seven books including: Children's Interests/Mother's Rights and Mothers of a New World. Rianne Mahon is Professor of Public Administration and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Carleton University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Gender and Welfare State Restructuring: Through the Lens of Child Care 1
Pt. 1 The Consequences of Weak Feminism
Ch. 1 Gender and Generation: Japanese Child Care and the Demographic Crisis 31
Ch. 2 The Value of an Educational Emphasis: Child Care and Restructuring in Spain since 1975 57
Ch. 3 Ideology, Economics, and the Politics of Child Care in Poland before and after the Transition 71
Pt. 2 The Power of "Choice"
Ch. 4 Australia: Child Care and State-Centered Feminism in a Liberal Welfare Regime 95
Ch. 5 The Illusion of Free Choice: Ideals of Care and Child Care Policy in the Flemish and Dutch Welfare States 113
Ch. 6 Does Anyone Have a "Libre Choix"? Subversive Liberalism and the Politics of French Child Care Policy 143
Pt. 3 The Impact of Neoliberalism
Ch. 7 "Modernization" and Welfare-State Restructuring in Italy: The Impact on Child Care 171
Ch. 8 Dual-Earner Families Caught in a Liberal Welfare Regime? The Politics of Child Care Policy in Canada 191
Ch. 9 Child Care in Britain, or, How Do You Restructure Nothing? 219
Ch. 10 More Can Be Less: Child Care and Welfare Reform in the United States 239
Pt. 4 Preserving/Creating Universalism
Ch. 11 Danish Child Care Policy: Continuity Rather than Radical Change 267
Ch. 12 Welfare State Restructuring and Child Care in Sweden 287
Ch. 13 Against the Current: Child Care and Family Policy in Quebec 309
Afterword: Dilemmas of Child Care 333
Notes on Contributors 339
Index 343
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