The Wages of Motherhood: Inequality in the Welfare State, 1917-1942 / Edition 1

The Wages of Motherhood: Inequality in the Welfare State, 1917-1942 / Edition 1

by Gwendolyn Mink
     
 

Entering the vigorous debate about the nature of the American welfare state, The Wages of Motherhood illuminates ways in which a "maternalist" social policy emerged from the crucible of gender and racial politics between the world wars. Gwendolyn Mink here examines the cultural dynamics of maternalist social policy, which have often been overlooked by institutional

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Entering the vigorous debate about the nature of the American welfare state, The Wages of Motherhood illuminates ways in which a "maternalist" social policy emerged from the crucible of gender and racial politics between the world wars. Gwendolyn Mink here examines the cultural dynamics of maternalist social policy, which have often been overlooked by institutional and class analyses of the welfare state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801495342
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.54(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1The Promise of Motherhood: Maternalist Social Policy between the Wars3
Ch. 2Wages for Motherhood: Mothers' Pensions and Cultural Reform27
Ch. 3"A Baby Saved Is a Citizen Gained": Infancy Protection and Maternal Reform53
Ch. 4Schooling for Motherhood: Woman's Role and "American" Culture in the Curriculum77
Ch. 5Cultural Reform across the Color Line: Maternalists and the Politics of Educational Provision97
Ch. 6Maternalism in the New Deal Welfare Slate: Women's Dependency, Racial Inequality, and the Icon of Welfare Motherhood123
Ch. 7Wage Earning or Motherhood: Maternalist Labor Policy during World War II151
Afterword: Postmaternalist Welfare Politics174
Index193

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