Engendering The State: Family, Work, and Welfare in Canada

3.4 avg rating
( 5 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780802083210: Engendering The State: Family, Work, and Welfare in Canada
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In the early part of this century the mother was the educator and moral centre of the Canadian household. Between the onset of the First World War and the development of the modern social security state in the 1940s, however, an ideological shift took place. While Canada endured the effects of two world wars, industrialization, and economic and political crises, welfare entitlements based on family reproduction were replaced by state policies that promoted paid labour in the workplace. To a nation gripped with new and great anxieties, the mother no longer appeared capable of functioning as its vitally adhesive force.

The necessity of stabilizing the paternal position of the father as breadwinner in order to sustain the family and support economic progress became the progressively dominant view. Although this thinking effectively helped a portion of the population achieve economic autonomy, its damaging effects were wide reaching. Women, unskilled labourers, and the chronically indigent had been left resourceless.

The author's explanation of gender's role in the conception of modern Canadian welfare policy takes current scholarship into novel territory. Her analyses of the perspectives of maternal feminists, clergymen, organized labour, businessmen, university social scientists, welfare administrators, social workers, and government policy makers are fascinating to read and contribute greatly to our understanding of the current debates in welfare policy making.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

'This well-researched study is rich in detailed description, filled with interesting case studies that illustrate the impact of patriarchal ideology and gender inequality. Christie makes a major contribution to the fields of gender and family studies, public policy, labour history, and political sociology.'

About the Author:

Nancy Christie is the J.B. Smallman Chair in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 41.95
US$ 2,437.70

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Nancy Christie
Published by University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (2000)
ISBN 10: 0802083218 ISBN 13: 9780802083210
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0802083218

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 2,437.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds