Who Pays for the Kids?: Gender and the Structures of Constraint (Economics as Social Theory)

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Three paradoxes surround the division of the costs of social reproduction:
* Women have entered the paid labour force in growing numbers, but they continue to perform most of the unpaid labour of housework and childcare.
* Birth rates have fallen but more and more mothers are supporting children on their own, with little or no assistance from fathers.
* The growth of state spending is often blamed on malfunctioning markets, or runaway bureaucracies. But a large percentage of social spending provides substitutes for income transfers that once took place within families.
Who Pays for the Kids? explains how this paradoxical situation has arisen. The costs of social reproduction are largely paid by women: men have remained extremely reluctant to pay their share of the costs of raising the next generation. Traditional theories - neo-classical, Marxist and Feminist - can only provide an incomplete account of this, and this book offers an alternative analysis, based on individual choices but within interlocking structures of constraint based on gender, age, sex, nation, race and class.

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Nancy Folbre is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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"Nancy Folbre focuses on questions that most economists never think about: how and why people form overlapping groups that influence and limit what they want, how they may behave, and what they get. She has sharp and plausible things to say about group solidarity and group conflict and how they have affected the workings of economic institutions. Anyone would be a better economist, or just a clearer thinker, after reading this book."
-Robert M. Solow, Professor of Economics, MIT, and Nobel Laureate in Economics
"Nancy Folbre, offers a provocative rejoinder to standard economic analyses that focus primarily on market forces and wage labor, thereby marginalizing women and children and devaluing the work they perform in the home and community."
-"The Women's Review of Books
""Who Pays for the Kids?, by University of Massachussetts economist Nancy Folbre, offers a provocative rejoinder to standard economic analyses that focus primarily on market forces and wage labor, thereby marginalizing women and children and devaluing the work they perform in the home and community."
-"The Women's Review of Books
"This book could well serve as a provocative starting point for a graduate (or perhaps, in some cases, a senior level) seminar. It could be relevant in economics, family economics, women's studies, poverty courses, or modern history and provide a focus on women in the economy or perhaps on emerging work/family issues."
-"The Journal Of Consumer Affairs
"There is a mass of valuable information collected here."
-"NWSA Journal

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