Private Lives, Public Policy: 100 Years of State Intervention in the Family

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A feminist analysis of reproductive labor in Canada focusing on the shift from the family to the state.
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A feminist analysis of reproductive labor in Canada focusing on the shift from the family to the state.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780889611597
  • Publisher: Canadian Scholars Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Pages: 402

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
The Theory 4
The Method 7
Reading Options 11
Towards a Theory of Reproduction 17
Dual-Systems Model and the Problem of Evidence 19
Reconceptualizing Reproduction 20
Communal Patriarchy 23
Reproduction and Class Formation 25
Familial Patriarchy 27
The Wage-Labour System and Familial Patriarchy 34
Social Patriarchy 39
Social Patriarchy, Corollary or Alternative? 42
The Political Economy of Reproduction 47
Familial and Social Patriarchy: The Essential Components of Modern Reproductive Relations 54
From Theory to History 58
Historical Background: The Impact of Industrialization in Canada 61
Wage Labour and Reproduction 62
Social Reform Movement 67
Naming the Problem 70
Business, Labour and Patriarchy 75
Women and Patriarchy 80
Period I: 1884-1913 83
The Reformation of the Wage-Labour System 85
Commissions and Inquiries 88
Legislation 91
Labour Bureaucracies 96
Transformation of Patriarchy 99
Family Law 101
Welfare 106
Commissions and Inquiries 107
Welfare Legislation 111
Welfare Bureaucracy 116
Welfare Expenditures 120
Summary 122
Period II: 1914-1939 125
Capital, Labour and the Economy 127
Labour Commissions and Inquiries 132
Labour Legislation 136
Constructing Social Patriarchy 142
Family Law 143
Welfare Commissions and Inquiries 146
Welfare Legislation 151
Reorganization of the Welfare System 154
Welfare Bureaucracy 160
War, Depression and the Growth of Federal Welfare 165
Welfare Expenditures 169
Summary 172
Period III: 1940-1968 175
Patriarchy and Patriotism: The War and Reconstruction Years 1940-1947 179
The War Economy 181
Managing Labour 184
Labour Inquiry Board 188
The Family Allowance Act: A Wage Subsidy Program 190
The Labour Relations Act: Privy Council Order 1003 198
Women in the War Economy 202
The New Welfare Ideology 204
Commissions and Inquiries 209
Welfare Legislation 216
Welfare Expenditures 223
Summary 226
Post-War Canada 1948-1968 229
Restructuring Reproduction 234
Restructuring the Canadian Labour Market 239
Labour Commissions and Inquiries 242
Labour Legislation 244
The Making of a National Welfare State 252
Provincial Welfare Legislation 254
Negotiating the Welfare State 266
Welfare Expenditures 279
Summary 282
The State and the Future of Patriarchy 289
Strategies for Change 298
Appendix 1: A Note on the Research Process 307
Appendix 2: Tables 321
Notes 363
Bibliography 373
Index 391
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