Women and Welfare: Theory and Practice in the United States and Europe / Edition 1

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When welfare was created, it was envisioned as a means of helping those in poverty survive, yet many policy experts now argue that welfare has created a cycle of poverty that makes it impossible for people to move from the welfare rolls into the workplace. As a result, they have created workfare programs to encourage people to move from the welfare programs into paid employment. This volume focuses on how women are affected by welfare programs and whether or not workfare and other kinds of programs will assist women and their families escape the poverty cycle. This collection of essays derives from a 1997 conference at Cornell, where a number of scholars discussed welfare from a gender perspective. Focusing on a variety of issues, these essays are thought-provoking and extremely well documented, which will encourage readers to look for additional information. An interesting view of welfare programs that will find a home in academic libraries.--Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress Yalom, Marilyn. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813528823
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Rutgers Series on Women and Politics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Engendering Welfare, Degendering Care: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives on the United States and Europe 1
Pt. 1 Deconstructing the Welfare State: Theoretical Issues
1 Dependencies 23
2 From Welfare to a Public Ethic of Care 38
3 Who Cares? Public and Private Caring and the Rethinking of Citizenship 65
4 A Question of Freedom, A Question of Rights? Women and Welfare 84
Pt. 2 Welfare Reform in the United States
5 Welfare Reform in the 104[superscript th] Congress: Institutional Position and the Role of Women 111
6 Ending the Entitlements of Poor Single Mothers: Changing Social Policies. Women's Employment, and Caregiving in the Contemporary United States 133
7 The Rhetoric and Reality of Welfare Reform 160
8 At the Kitchen Table: Poor Women Making Public Policy 177
Pt. 3 Realigning Social Welfare Regimes
9 Challenging the Maternalist Presumption: The Gender Politics of Welfare Reform in Germany and the United States 193
10 Gendering Welfare State Variation: Income Transfers, Employment Supports, and Family Poverty 215
11 Women in the Restructuring of Care-Work: Crossnational Variations and Trends in Ten OECD-Countries 244
12 Degendering Care and Engendering Freedom: Social Welfare in the European Union 261
References 289
About the Contributors 313
Index 319
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