Edited by Sheila Shaver
Chapter 5: Rethinking social policy: a gender perspective from the developing world
Building on the twenty-first century imperative for social policy to embrace a global scope, the chapter advances a gendered perspective that speaks to the diverse experiences of women in the developing world while referencing some of the important conceptual breakthroughs made by feminist scholarship on welfare regimes. In doing so, it analyses what labour commodification, de-familialization and care mean in country contexts where labour markets are extensively informal, where basic infrastructure is still under-developed and where social security systems are fragmented and segmented, placing the onus on informal institutions of family and community. From a policy perspective, this means identifying functional equivalents of what feminists have called for in the context of advanced welfare states, if they are to serve the same goals that traditional social and employment policies have pursued in more affluent parts of the world.
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