Developing the new framework of ‘life-mix’, which considers the mixed patterns of caring and working in different periods of life, this book systematically explores the interplay of productivism, women, care and work in East Asia and Europe.
The book ranges across four key aspects of welfare — childcare, parental leave, employment support and pensions — to illustrate how policies affect women in various periods of their lives. Policy case studies from France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, South Korea, Sweden and the UK, show how welfare could support people’s caring and working lives. This book forms a prescient examination of how productivist thinking underpins regimes and impacts women’s welfare, care and work in both the East and West.
Ruby Chau is Associate Professor in Public and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham. She is interested in welfare mix, women and welfare, culturally sensitive health and social care.
Sam Yu is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at Hong Kong Baptist University. His research focuses on welfare models, comparative social policy and East Asian welfare regimes.
Ch 1 Introduction
Ch 2 Productivism and the Life-mix Framework
Ch 3 East Asian Welfare Regimes
Ch 4 Policy Case Study 1: Childcare Leave and Early Childhood Education and Care
Ch 5 Policy Case Study 2: Pension Measures
Ch 6 Policy Case Study 3: Active Labour Market Policies and Alternatives
Ch 7 Women’s Life-Mixes: Insights from Two Qualitative Studies in Hong Kong
Ch 8 Creating the Conditions for Meeting Diverse Life-Mix Preferences
Ch 9 New Dimensions to Contemporary Welfare Agendas
Ch 10 Conclusion