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Title Western welfare in decline : globalization and women's poverty / edited by Catherine Kingfisher
Published Philadelphia : PENN/University of Pennsylvania Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 216 pages)
Contents Introduction : The global feminization of poverty ; Neoliberalism I : discourses of personhood and welfare reform ; Neoliberalism II : the global free market ; Globalization as hybridity / Catherine Kingfisher -- From New Deal to bad deal : racial and political implications of U.S. welfare reform / Judith Goode -- The great undoing : state formation, gender politics, and social policy in Canada / Janine Brodie -- The responsible citizen : creating a new British welfare contract / Ruth Lister -- Paradoxes in "paradise" : the changing politics of women, welfare, and work in Australia / Susan L. Robertson -- Neoliberalism and 'tino rangatiratanga' : welfare state restructuring in Aotearoa/New Zealand / Wendy Larner -- Where to next? Against and beyond neoliberalism / Catherine Kingfisher
Summary The feminization of poverty is increasingly recognized as a global phenomenon, affecting women not only in third world countries but also in the West. Taking globalization as its starting point, Western Welfare in Decline explores the plight of poor single mothers in five English-speaking nations that have implemented welfare restructuring: the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, and Aotearoa/New Zealand. This restructuring is analyzed in relation to the emergence of neoliberalism, which valorizes the free market, individualism, and a circumscribed role for the state. Contributors to Western Welfare in Decline creatively combine theoretical and empirical analysis, emphasizing the economic and social goals of welfare reforms and the discourses of labor, gendered subjectivity, and the separation of public and private spheres. They document how the neoliberal project of welfare reform interacts with local cultures to create both similar and divergent new cultural formations and identify opportunities for asserting the social rights of poor single mothers who are being denied these rights at the level of the nation-state
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-210) and index
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Subject Poor women -- Government policy.
Public welfare.
Social policy.
Welfare recipients -- Government policy.
Form Electronic book
Author Kingfisher, Catherine Pélissier.
LC no. 2002020309
ISBN 0812202473 (electronic bk.)
9780812202472 (electronic bk.)
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