The Legal Tender of Gender: Law, Welfare and the Regulation of Women's Poverty

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The Legal Tender of Gender: Law, Welfare and the Regulation of Women's Poverty

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Extensive welfare, law and policy reforms characterised the making and unmaking of Keynesian states in the twentieth century. This collection highlights the gendered nature of these regulatory shifts and, specifically, the roles played by women as reformers, welfare workers and welfare recipients, in the development of welfare states historically. The contributors are leading feminist socio-legal scholars from a range of disciplines in Canada, the United States and Israel. Collectively, their analyses of women, law and poverty speak to long-standing and ongoing feminist concerns: the importance of historically informed research, the relevance of women's agency and resistance to the experience of inequality and injustice, the specificity of the experience of poor women and poor mothers, the implications of changes to social policy, and the possibilities for social change. Such analyses are particularly timely as the devastation of neo-liberalism becomes increasingly obvious. The current world crisis of capitalism is a defining moment for liberal states – a global catastrophe that concomitantly creates a window of opportunity for critical scholars and activists to reframe debates about social welfare, work, and equality, and to reinsert the discourse of social justice into the public consciousness and political agendae of liberal democracies.

ISBN

9781841133157

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Hart Publishing

City

Portland, Oregon

Keywords

Women--Legal status, laws, etc.; Poor women--Legal status, laws, etc.; Women--Social conditions; Public welfare; Income maintenance programs; Neoliberalism; Canada; United States; Israel

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Gavigan, Shelley A. M., and Dorothy E. Chunn The Legal Tender of Gender: Law, Welfare and the Regulation of Women's Poverty. Portland: Hart Publishing, 2010. Print.

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