Maternalism Reconsidered: Motherhood, Welfare and Social Policy in the Twentieth Century - International Studies in Social History 20 (Hardback)
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Maternalism Reconsidered: Motherhood, Welfare and Social Policy in the Twentieth Century - International Studies in Social History 20 (Hardback)

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Beginning in the late 19th century, competing ideas about motherhood had a profound impact on the development and implementation of social welfare policies. Calls for programs aimed at assisting and directing mothers emanated from all quarters of the globe, advanced by states and voluntary organizations, liberals and conservatives, feminists and anti-feminists - a phenomenon that scholars have since termed "maternalism." This volume reassesses maternalism by providing critical reflections on prior usages of the concept, and by expanding its meaning to encompass geographical areas, political regimes, and cultural concerns that scholars have rarely addressed. From Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico City to France, Italy, the Netherlands, the Soviet Ukraine, the United States and Canada, these case studies offer fresh theoretical and historical perspectives within a transnational and comparative framework. As a whole, the volume demonstrates how maternalist ideologies have been employed by state actors, reformers, and poor clients, with myriad political and social ramifications.

Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9780857454669
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


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"A welcome addition to the literature on gender and social policy, this anthology addresses critical issues regarding women and the welfare state. Recognizing that maternalism is more diverse and nuanced than the simplification initially posed as a critique of the paternalist welfare state, the editors explore ways in which women's circumstances varied globally during the 20th century through chapters on the US, France, Fascist Italy, the Netherlands, Soviet-era Ukraine, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico...Highly Recommended." - Choice

"One of the most striking features of this excellent collection of essays is thedurability of maternalism - as an ideology, a political strategy and as a practice of social policy and legislation. This anthology revisits and also updates the rich scholarship on the influence of maternalism on welfare and social policy, which was produced mainly during the early 1990s." - Gender & History

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