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Mothers of a New World : Maternalist Politics and the Origins of Welfare States - Seth Koven

Mothers of a New World

Maternalist Politics and the Origins of Welfare States

By: Seth Koven (Editor), Sonya Michel (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd September 1993
ISBN: 9780415903141
Number Of Pages: 462

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In Mothers of a New World , historians of Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, and the United States provide a sweeping view of the scope of women's work and make comparisons across societies and over time. The essays analyze tensions between reformers and clients arising from differences of class, race, ethnicity, and religion. Moving to the level of state politics, they examine the outcomes of maternalist initiatives within specific political contexts including conservative and social democratic regimes; limited, decentralized, and strong centralized states; and highly religious and secular cultures. Though the matenalists' motherworld' was never fully realized, their vision helped shape modern welfare states throughout the West. This collection will compel readers to revise their accounts of welfare state development by moving issues of gender and the work of female reformers from the margins to the centre.

Introduction: "Mother Worlds"p. 1
The Historical Foundations of Women's Power in the Creation of the American Welfare State, 1830-1930p. 43
Borderlands: Women, Voluntary Action, and Child Welfare in Britain, 1840 to 1914p. 94
Social Mothers: The Bourgeois Women's Movement and German Welfare-State Formation, 1890-1929p. 136
Woman's Work and the Early Welfare State in Germany: Legislators, Bureaucrats, and Clients before the First World Warp. 159
Depopulation and Race Suicide: Maternalism and Pronatalist Ideologies in France and the United Statesp. 188
The Power of Motherhood: Black and White Activist Women Redefine the "Political"p. 213
Catholicism, Feminism, and the Politics of the Family during the Late Third Republicp. 246
The Limits of Maternalism: Policies toward American Wage-Earning Mothers during the Progressive Erap. 277
"My Work Came Out of Agony and Grief": Mothers and the Making of the Sheppard-Towner Actp. 321
Women in the British Labour Party and the Construction of State Welfare, 1906-1939p. 343
A Revolution in the Family: The Challenge and Contradictions of Maternal Citizenship in Australiap. 378
Feminist Strategies and Gendered Discourses in Welfare States: Married Women's Right to Work in the United States and Swedenp. 396
Indexp. 431
Contributorsp. 445
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ISBN: 9780415903141
ISBN-10: 0415903149
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 2nd September 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1

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