The relationship between gender and welfare states is of key importance in understanding welfare states and gender equality and inequality. Western welfare states of the post-war era were built on assumptions about gender difference: they treated men as breadwinners and women as carers. Now governments are committed in principle to gender equality. But how far have they come from male breadwinner assumptions to gender equality assumptions? How much do gender differences continue in UK social policy and social practice?
The book analyses the male breadwinner model in terms of power, employment, care, time and income, providing a framework for chapters which ask about policies and practices for gender equality in each of these. This new approach to analysis of gender equality in social welfare contextualises national policies and debates within comparative theoretical analysis and data, making the volume interesting to a wide audience.
Gillian Pascall is Professor Emerita of Social Policy at the University of Nottingham, UK, where she has long taught gender and social policy to students, undergraduate and postgraduate, local and international. Relationships between welfare states and gender have been at the centre of her research and publications since Social Policy: A Feminist Analysis (1986).
Introduction; Understanding Gender in welfare states; Gendered power; Gender in employment; Gender care; Gendered income; Gendered time; Conclusion.
'Pascall’s book offers an accessible, valuable guide to gender
equality in welfare systems' it 'comes at a critical point when recession threatens
hard-won gains on socio-economic welfare and gender equality.' International Journal of Social Welfare.
"It makes a valuable and timely contribution to scholarship in this area." Kirstein Rummery, University of Stirling,
"There is a crying need for this publication. Anyone who teaches in the area of gender and social policy will want this book." Professor the Baroness (Ruth) Lister of Burtersett, Loughborough University
"No doubting the relevance and value of Pascall’s timely contribution... the analysis is exceptionally detailed yet accessible to all audiences with an interest in social policy. ... a valuable guide to gender equality in European welfare systems." People, Place and Policy