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Women, the State, and Welfare (Paperback)
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Women, the State, and Welfare (Paperback)

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Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 31/01/1992
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A collection of essays specifically about women and welfare in the United States. A state-of-the-art introduction to how welfare programmes affect women and how gender relations have influenced the structure of welfare programmes, it is intended both for general readers and as a text in a variety of sociology, history, political science, social work, and women's studies courses. The book begins with a review essay by Linda Gordon discussing current scholarship about women and welfare. The chapters that follow explore discrimination against women inherent in many welfare programmes; the ways in which welfare programmes reinforce basic gender patterns in society; the contribution of organized, activist women to the development of welfare programmes, and race and class differences in the welfare system. By giving readers access to a wide range of thinking about women and welfare, this book will help bring gender to the center of welfare scholarship and policy making, and welfare issues to the center of feminist thinking and action.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299126643
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
When readers finish this collection of essays, they will have no doubt at all that the welfare state is deeply gendered and that explanations or interpretations of the American welfare state that relegate gender to the margins rather than the center are totally inadequate. Linda Gordon s introduction alone is practically worth the price of the whole book. Susan Ware, New York University
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The collection moves beyond simplistic and ahistorical notions about the U.S. state s effect on women and women s effect on the state. Gordon s rich introductory essay, The New Feminist Scholarship on the Welfare State is invaluable not only for relating the other essays to current social and feminist theory, but for its analysis which guides the reader through the rest of the book. . . . A welcome addition to the study of women, politics, and the welfare state. Ann Withorn, The Women s Review of Books
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Gordon s book deserves serious consideration by scholars of social welfare in the U.S. because of its challenge to take the gendered nature of the welfare system more seriously. Choice
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This book is one of those rareties, the well-chosen, carefully chosen volume of essays. It provides an excellent way into American feminist historiography on women and welfare. Jane Lewis, London School of Economics
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"When readers finish this collection of essays, they will have no doubt at all that the welfare state is deeply gendered and that explanations or interpretations of the American welfare state that relegate gender to the margins rather than the center are totally inadequate. Linda Gordon's introduction alone is practically worth the price of the whole book."--Susan Ware, New York University

"The collection moves beyond simplistic and ahistorical notions about the U.S. state's effect on women and women's effect on the state. Gordon's rich introductory essay, 'The New Feminist Scholarship on the Welfare State' is invaluable not only for relating the other essays to current social and feminist theory, but for its analysis which guides the reader through the rest of the book. . . . A welcome addition to the study of women, politics, and the welfare state."--Ann Withorn, The Women's Review of Books

"Gordon's book deserves serious consideration by scholars of social welfare in the U.S. because of its challenge to take the gendered nature of the welfare system more seriously."--Choice

"This book is one of those rareties, the well-chosen, carefully chosen volume of essays. It provides an excellent way into American feminist historiography on women and welfare."--Jane Lewis, London School of Economics

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