Women, the State, and Welfare

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Linda Gordon
University of Wisconsin Pres, Nov 1, 2012 - Political Science - 311 pages
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Women, the State, and Welfare is the first collection of essays specifically about women and welfare in the United States.  As an introduction to the effects of welfare programs, it is intended for general readers as well as specialists in sociology, history, political science, social work, and women’s studies.  The book begins with a review essay by Linda Gordon that outlines current scholarship about women and welfare.  The chapters that follow explore discrimination against women inherent in many welfare programs; the ways in which welfare programs reinforce basic gender programs in society; the contribution of organized, activist women to the development of welfare programs; and differences of race and class in the welfare system.  By giving readers access to a number of perspectives about women and welfare, this book helps position gender at the center of welfare scholarship and policy making and places welfare issues at the forefront of feminist thinking and action.
 

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Contents

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1 The New Feminist Scholarship on the Welfare State Linda Gordon
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2 The Gender Basis of American Social Policy Virginia Sapiro
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Women and American Political Society 1780 1920 Paula Baker
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Gender Race and the Origins of the American Welfare State Gwendolyn Mink
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Workmens Compensation and Mothers Aid Barbara J Nelson
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Policies to Protect Women Workers and Infants in France and the United States before 1914 Jane Jenson
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7 Family Violence Feminism and Social Control Linda Gordon
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Outline of a SocialistFeminist Critical Theory of LateCapitalist Political Culture Nancy Fraser
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Perspectives from the Womens Movement Elizabeth M Schneider
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Women Power and the Welfare State Frances Fox Piven
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Why the War on Poverty Cannot Conquer the Feminization of Poverty Diana Pearce
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Making Entitlement Out of Necessity Teresa L Amott
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Index
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Linda Gordon is the Florence Kelley Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Among her many publications are Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right:  A Social History of Birth Control in America and Heroes of Their Own Lives: The Politics and History of Family Violence, Boston 1880-1960.