Gender and the Welfare State: Care, Work and Welfare in Europe and the USA / Edition 1

Gender and the Welfare State: Care, Work and Welfare in Europe and the USA / Edition 1

by Mary Daly, Katherine Rake
     
 

Gender and the Welfare State explores the configuration of care, work and welfare in eight countries: France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and the USA. Bringing together the most recent empirical data available, it examines the impact of the welfare state on women’s and men’s roles and power relations, and on their

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Gender and the Welfare State explores the configuration of care, work and welfare in eight countries: France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and the USA. Bringing together the most recent empirical data available, it examines the impact of the welfare state on women’s and men’s roles and power relations, and on their access to resources.

Casting a critical eye over feminist and comparative literature on the welfare state, Daly and Rake elaborate a new theoretical framework for understanding how gender relations are shaped by national welfare states. They argue that the welfare state reaches deep into people’s lives and that its effect is to be seen in the relative resources and power relations of women and men. The book traces the relationship between national welfare state configurations and care needs and care provision, the division between paid and unpaid work, the conditions of women’s and men’s participation in the labour market and gender differentials in access to the resources of money and time.

Written in an accessible style, Gender and the Welfare State brings together wide-ranging information from the major European Union countries as well as from the USA, providing the reader with essential reference material. It will be welcomed by all those interested in gender, social policies and the comparative study of welfare states.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745622323
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/16/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1 Studying the Welfare State and Gender: The Insights ofExisting Work.

Chapter 2 Framework of Analysis.

Chapter 3 Gender and the Provision of Care.

Chapter 4 Gender and Work.

Chapter 5 Welfare, Household Resources and Gender Relations.

Chapter 6 Bringing it All Back Home: Individual Resources,Family Redistribution and Gender Relations.

Chapter 7 Towards an Explanation of National Configurations andCross-national Patterns.

Chapter 8 Conclusions and Overview.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

Technical Appendix

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