Contested Concepts in Gender and Social Politics

Contested Concepts in Gender and Social Politics

By: Jane Lewis (editor), Birte Siim (editor), Barbara Hobson (editor)Hardback

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An important contribution to the current literature on gender and social politics, this book challenges mainstream thinking on welfare states, citizenship, family, work, and social policy. Contested Concepts in Gender and Social Politics analyses the corresponding shifts in political discourse, and the changes in socio-political configurations that mirror changing gender relations. The discussion is both international and interdisciplinary, and focuses on topics that include citizenship, social exclusion and inclusion, care, social capital and representation, amongst others. The contributors examine these issues in relation to current policy debates and consider how they are embedded in particular European intellectual traditions. They also explore how feminist scholarship has engaged with these issues, and assess how these contested concepts can improve understanding both of the position of women and of gender relations more broadly. This is the first major transnational attempt to address the conceptual basis for current work in the field of social policy and social politics from both a feminist and genuinely comparative viewpoint. As such it will be invaluable to undergraduate and graduate students of social policy, politics and sociology.

About Author

Edited by Barbara Hobson, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden, Jane Lewis, formerly Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics, UK and Birte Siim, Associate Professor, Institute of History, International and Social Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark


Contents: 1. Introduction: Contested Concepts in Gender and Social Politics Barbara Hobson, Jane Lewis and Birte Siim 2. Citizenship Barbara Hobson and Ruth Lister 3. Care: Actors, Relationships and Contexts Arnlaug Leira and Chiara Saraceno 4. Social Exclusion and Gender Relations Mary Daly and Chiara Saraceno 5. Contractualization Ute Gerhard, Trudie Knijn and Jane Lewis 6. Commodification and De-commodification Trudie Knijn and Ilona Ostner 7. Representation, Agency and Empowerment Berengere Marques-Pereira and Birte Siim 8. Social Capital - An Emerging Concept Dietland Stolle with Jane Lewis Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781840644579
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781840644579
  • ISBN10: 1840644575

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