Gendering Citizenship in Western Europe: New Challenges for Citizenship Research in a Cross-National Context

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This is a collectively written, inter-disciplinary, thematic cross-national study which combines conceptual, theoretical, empirical and policy material in an ambitious and innovative way to explore a key concept in contemporary European political, policy and academic debates. The first part of the book clarifies the various ways that the concept of citizenship has developed historically and is understood today in a range of Western European welfare states. It elaborates on the contemporary framing of debates and struggles around citizenship. This provides a framework for three policy studies, looking at: migration and multiculturalism; the care of young children; and home-based childcare and transnational dynamics. The book is unusual in weaving together the topics of migration and childcare and in studying these issues together within a gendered citizenship framework. It also demonstrates the value of a multi-level conceptualisation of citizenship, stretching from the domestic sphere through the national and European levels to the global. The book is aimed at students of social policy, sociology, European studies, women's studies and politics and at researchers/scholars/policy analysts in the areas of citizenship, gender, welfare states and migration.

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This is an important collaboration by distinguished international scholars on gender and citizenship. Its innovative approach connects ideas about citizenship with concerns about childcare, migration and global relations. Gillian Pascall, Professor of Social Policy, University of Nottingham
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861346933
  • Publisher: Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
  • Publication date: 5/16/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 15.60 (w) x 23.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Lister, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University, Fiona Williams, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, Anneli Anttonen, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Tampere, Jet Bussemaker, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Free University Amsterdam, Ute Gerhard, Cornelia Goethe Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, University of Frankfurt, Germany, Jacqueline Heinen, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Versailles, France, Stina Johansson, Department of Social Welfare, Umea University, Sweden, Arnlaug Leira, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo, Norway, Birte Siim, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark, Constanza Tobio, Department of Political Science and Sociology, University of Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, with and Anna Gavanas, School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Leeds

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Table of Contents

List of authors

Part One: Historical and cross-national perspectives
1. Historical perspectives
2. Vocabularies of citizenship since the 1970s
Part Two: Policy studies
3. Gendered citizenship: migration and multiculturalism
4. Gendered citizenship: the care of young children
5. Gendered citizenship and home-based childcare: transnational dynamics


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