Mothers of a new world: maternalist politics and the origins of welfare states

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Routledge, 1993 - Political Science - 447 pages
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This book explores the historical evolution of such claims, and their relationship to the rise of women's movements and the emergence of welfare states in Western industrializing countries at the turn of the 19th century.

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Review: Mothers of a New World: Maternalist Politics and the Origins of Welfare States

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

This was required reading for a public policy graduate class. It added a new facet to understanding the differences in Matriarchal and Patriarchal governments, and effectively outlined the contributions made by maternalist politics within the current and historical US welfare system. Read full review

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User Review  - Makeba - Goodreads

A somewhat long, but interesting discussion of the role of grassroots womens organizations and their impact on the development of welfare states. The book compares the development of welfare states throughout several different nations. Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Seth Koven is Associate Professor of History at Villanova University and co-editor of "Mothers of a New World: Maternalist Politics and the Origins of Welfare States." He has written on a variety of topics, including gender and welfare states, museum politics, sexual politics, and social reform, disability, and child welfare.

Michel is associate professor of history and director of women's studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.