Handbook on Gender and Social Policy

Handbook on Gender and Social Policy
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9781785367120
  • september 2018
  • 480 pagina's
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After two decades of feminist challenges to mainstream theorising, gender has become a central element of social policy and the welfare state. A new literature has widened the focus of social policy from state and economy to a three-sided discourse encompassing the state, the market and the family. The Handbook on Gender and Social Policy provides a comprehensive introduction to this field with up-to-date accounts of debates and innovative original research by leading international authors. The Handbook covers the key areas of social policy that relate to the inequalities between men and women in the developed and developing world. It presents original research on contemporary issues at national and transnational levels across the central policy terrain of income, employment, care and family policy, including family policy models, same-sex marriage and child protection. It features chapters on key perspectives on gender and policy and six original studies of the state of play in different regions of the world. The Handbook on Gender and Social Policy is an excellent resource for advanced students and postgraduate students of sociology, political science, women's studies, policy studies and related areas. It will also be of interest for practitioners and scholars of social policy seeking up-to-date coverage of how gender affects the contours of social policy and politics.


This superb and comprehensive Handbook should be in the collection of every student of social policy - those who have specialized in gender issues and everyone else - for a key strength of the collection is the engagement across the multiple theoretical and empirical traditions of comparative welfare state research. The authors, a mix of leading scholars and emerging researchers, offer incisive and well-written analyses of classic and cutting-edge topics. Feminist theory and analysis come alive in their investigations of freedom, equality and the welfare state, care, intersectionality, transnational policy influences, the transformations of family policy, and more, across the globe. The Handbook is an excellent text for advanced undergraduate and graduate social policy courses, and an outstanding reference work for established analysts.' -- Ann Shola Orloff, Northwestern University, US Bringing together some of the most renowned scholars in the field, this Handbook provides a multi-dimensional lens for understanding the developments and challenges posed by heterogeneity across regions, gender diversities and growing social inequalities for conceptualizing gender and social policy and the potential for making change. It engages with conceptual terrains that have transformed gender and social policy research: intersectionality and multiple inequalities, men and masculinities, and transnationalisms. The prodigious scope and breadth of this volume encompasses the Global North and South and transnational institutions and actors in an array of rich empirical chapters, both comparative and in-depth case studies, addressing themes from various theoretical perspectives, including employment, care, family, poverty, prostitution policies and LGBT rights.' -- Barbara Hobson, Institute for Advanced Study, Germany This is a sparkling and absorbing collection. The Handbook provides both case studies of specific countries and overviews of key policy areas, including employment, care, family policy, child protection, migration - and much more. The chapters and authors have been well selected to thoroughly cover the concepts and ideas that have informed feminist scholarship on social policy; to introduce cutting-edge current research across a wide range of countries; and to provide a springboard for the next generation of research.' -- Jane Millar, University of Bath, UK and Chair of the UK Social Policy Association



september 2018
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Edward Elgar Publishing



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