Seldom do we notice, let alone explicitly acknowledge, that public policies set distinct parameters for gender. But as ""Creating Gender"" compellingly demonstrates, in reality governments do use policy - to legitimize and support some gender-based behaviors, while undermining others. Looking in depth at the case of welfare reform, but considering a wide range of policy arenas, the authors examine how government policymaking in essence defines the ""proper"" nature of males and females. At the heart of their analysis is an effort to resolve questions about how policies determine what women and men must do to be granted standing as good citizens - and what benefits they can subsequently accrue. The result is a clear yet sophisticated exploration of the troublesome, sometimes insidious, ways in which gender ideology works in tandem with conventional political ideologies in the United States today. It explores the ways that the government uses to legitimize and support some gender-based behaviors, while undermining others.
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
Number of pages: 255
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