Chapter 1: Women, gender and social policy in early work
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This chapter overviews the early work on gender and social policy, looking especially at how thinking and research unfolded over time. We start back in the late 1960s and proceed to around the1990s. The research question that underlies the chapter asks: What was problematized when women and gender were the focus of early critical social policy literature? The chapter is divided into two main parts. Following a brief overview, the first section sets out the main lines of research and investigation and the second looks at the sets of explanations offered, considering especially a range of feminist perspectives.

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