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Women and the Welfare State : Tavistock Women's Studies - Elizabeth Wilson

Women and the Welfare State

Tavistock Women's Studies

Paperback Published: 28th April 1977
ISBN: 9780422760607
Number Of Pages: 208

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Women and the Welfare State approaches the question of welfare policy from an entirely fresh perspective. In it the author argues that an appreciation of the way in which women are defined by welfare policies, and have been since the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, is essential to a true understanding of the nature of those policies and of the Welfare State. An important, possible the most important, function of welfare policy has been to promote and retain a particular form of the family; indeed, one can define the Welfare State as the State organization of domestic life.

To illustrate her arguments the author looks at the development of State welfare intervention from the early nineteenth century to the present day and relates it to the changing position of women, children, and of the family. The traditional Marxist view is modified by a theory of the position of women and by relating changing welfare policies and beliefs about welfare both to the women's movements of the past century and to the ideas and theories of the contemporary Women's Liberation Movement.

In her approach Elizabeth Wilson argues - uniquely among writers on the Welfare State - for an emphasis on the ideology of welfare.

'A Part of the Bourgeoisie Is Desirous of Redressing Social Griev-Ances, in Order to Secure the Continued Existence of Bourgeois Societyp. 6
Introductionp. 7
Ideology & Welfarep. 27
Women, Social Welfare, & Social Work in Victorian Societyp. 43
Women & the Family since the Second World Warp. 59
Welfare since the Warp. 73
Welfare in the Twentieth Centuryp. 98
Welfare & Warp. 126
Women & Welfare: Past & Futurep. 159
Referencesp. 188
Subject Indexp. 203
Author Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780422760607
ISBN-10: 0422760609
Series: Tavistock Women's Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 28th April 1977
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1

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