Arguing that daycare is vital for gender equality, this book seeks to explain why provision, especially public provision, has been so meager in Britain. Adopting a predominantly institutional approach, it shows how the liberal tradition of limited state intervention has intersected with the private, family, as well as the potentailly redistributive, character of childcare issues. It also highlights the gendered assumptions of policy-makers, the centralization of governmental process, the weakness of the childcare lobby, and of feminist mobilization on childcare and simple contingencies of timing.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
Table of Contents
Introducing Childcare: Questions and Themes
The Institutional Roots of Childcare Politics
Post-war Policy and the 'Rediscovery of Poverty'
Childcare and Neo-liberal 'Restructuring'
Mothers, Feminists, and the Demand for Childcare
British Childcare Policy in Comparative Cross-national Perspectives
Conclusion and Prospects