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Gender and Social Policy in a Global Context
Uncovering the Gendered Structure of 'The Social'
 
 
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27 Apr 2006
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This book addresses the central questions of how social and economic rights have been historically constructed and shaped by processes of political and economic change, and by the normative assumptions and design of social institutions. The book shows that these conceptualizations and processes are deeply gendered even in contexts where formal political equality has been won. It underlines the importance of thinking beyond states and markets in social provisioning, including in the analysis the interactions between these and other social institutions, especially the family and community. Although there have been changes in the balance of work and care in many societies, this book shows that in many contexts these changes have reinscribed rather than eroded gender inequalities. In order to understand these outcomes, the chapters explore the linkages between the norms and assumptions on which social institutions are constituted in different countries, and the ways in which these have structured work burdens and access to entitlements.


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This book addresses the central questions of how social and economic rights have been historically constructed and shaped by processes of political and economic change, and by the normative assumptions and design of social institutions. The book shows that these conceptualizations and processes are deeply gendered even in contexts where formal political equality has been won. It underlines the importance of thinking beyond states and markets in social provisioning, including in the analysis the interactions between these and other social institutions, especially the family and community. Although there have been changes in the balance of work and care in many societies, this book shows that in many contexts these changes have reinscribed rather than eroded gender inequalities. In order to understand these outcomes, the chapters explore the linkages between the norms and assumptions on which social institutions are constituted in different countries, and the ways in which these have structured work burdens and access to entitlements.


Reviews

'...an extremely valuable feminist viewpoint on social policy in a global context.' - Diane Perrons, Feminist Economics


Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface
Notes on Contributors
Gender and Social Policy in a Global Context: Uncovering the Rendered Structure of 'the Social'; S.Hassim & S.Razavi
PART 1: HISTORICAL AND REGIONAL TRAJECTORIES IN SOCIAL PROVISIONING
Mothers at the Service of the New Poverty Agenda: The 'Oportunidades' Programme in Mexico; M.Molyneux
Gender and Post-socialist Welfare States in Central Eastern Europe: Family Policy Reforms in Poland and the Czech Republic Compared; S.Steinhilber
Maternalist Policies versus Women's Economic Citizenship? Gendered Social Policy in Iran; V.M.Moghadam
Gender Equality and Developmental Social Welfare in South Africa; S.Hassim
Social Policy Reforms and Gender in Japan and South Korea; I.Peng
The Evolution of the Women-Friendly State: Opportunities and Constraints in the Swedish Welfare State; B.Hobson
The Adult-Worker-Model Family and Gender Equality: Principles to Enable the Valuing and Sharing of Care; J.Lewis & S.Giullari
PART 2: LABOUR-MARKET INFORMALITY AND THE SEARCH FOR SOCIAL SECURITY
Labour-Market Informalization, Gender and Social Protection: Reflections on Poor Urban Households in Bolivia ad Ecuador; L.Benería & M.S.Floro
Working People and Access to Social Protection; F.Lund
PART 3: GENDER DIMENSIONS OF SOCIAL-SECTOR RESTRUCTURING
Gender and Health Sector Reform: Analytical Perspectives on African Experience; M.Mackintosh & P.Tibandebage
Health-Sector Reform in China: Gender Equality and Social Justice; J.Wang
Secondary Education in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh: Gender Dimensions of State Policy and Practice; J.Jha & R.Subrahmanian
PART 4: FINANCING SOCIAL PROVISIONING AND COUNTING IN WOMEN
Gendered Implications of Tax Reform in Latin America: Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, and Jamaica; E.Huber
Expectations versus Realities in Gender-responsive Budget Initiatives; D.Budlender
Index


Authors

SHAHRA RAZAVI is Research Co-ordinator at UNRISD and specializes in the gender dimensions of social development with a particular focus on livelihoods and social policies. Her recent publications include Gendered Poverty and Well-being; Gender Justice, Development and Rights (co-edited with M. Molyneux); Agrarian Change, Gender and Land Rights; and Globalization, Export-Oriented Employment and Social Policy: Gendered Connections (co-edited with R. Pearson and C. Danloy).

SHIREEN HASSIM is Associate Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is co-editor (with Anne Marie Goetz) of No Shortcuts to Power: African Women in Politics and Policymaking and author of Women's Movements and Democracy in South Africa: Contesting Authority. She is a member of the editorial boards of several international journals, and is a co-editor of Politics and Society.