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Gender Inequality and Welfare States in Europe

Mary Daly

Gender equality has been one of the defining projects of European welfarestates. It has proven an elusive goal, not just because of political opposition but also due to a lack of clarity in how to best frame equality and take account of family-related considerations. This wide-ranging book assembles the most pertinent literature and evidence to provide a critical understanding of how contemporary state policies engage with gender inequalities.
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Chapter 1: Women, gender and social policy in early work

Mary Daly

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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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