Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy from Colonial Times to the Present (Revised Edition) / Edition 1

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Overview


This important book looks at the changes in AFDC, Social Security, and Unemployment Insurance, and welfare "reform." This new edition reveals how welfare policy scapegoats women more than ever to justify widespread retrenchment and to divert the public's attention from the real causes of the nation's mounting economic woes.
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This critical historical analysis of U.S. social welfare policy argues that the ``feminization of poverty'' is not a recent development but dates back to colonial times. Abramovitz (social work, Hunter) demonstrates how rules and regulations of social welfare programs have been ideologically based, related to the assignment of homemaking and childcare responsibilities to women. She examines this policy, which has served women poorly, and its relationship to key programs: Social Security, AFDC, unemployment insurance. Ambitious and well researched, despite reliance on sweeping historical overview; of wide interest. Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896085510
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Women's Studies
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 893,562
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction 1
1 A Feminist Perspective on the Welfare State 13
2 The Colonial Family Ethic: The Development of Families, the Ideology of Women's Roles, and the Labor of Women 45
3 Women and the Poor Laws in Colonial America 75
4 "A Woman's Place is in the Home": The Rise of the Industrial Family Ethic 107
5 Women and the Nineteenth Century Relief 137
6 Poor Women and Progressivism: Protective Labor Law and Mothers' Pensions 181
7 The Great Depression and the Social Security Act: The Emergence of the Modern Welfare State 215
8 Old Age Insurance 241
9 Unemployment Insurance 273
10 Aid to Families with Dependent Children: Single Mothers in the Twentieth Century 313
11 Restoring the Family Ethic: The Assault on Women and the Welfare State in the 1980s and 1990s 349
Conclusion 391
Index 399
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