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Women, the State, and Welfare
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Women, the State, and Welfare is the first collection of essays specifically about women and welfare in the United States.  As an introduction to the effects of welfare programs, it is intended for general readers as well as specialists in sociology, history, political science, social work, and women’s studies.  The book begins with a review essay by Linda Gordon that outlines current scholarship about women and welfare.  The chapters that follow explore discrimination against women inherent in many welfare programs; the ways in which welfare programs reinforce basic gender programs in society; the contribution of organized, activist women to the development of welfare programs; and differences of race and class in the welfare system.  By giving readers access to a number of perspectives about women and welfare, this book helps position gender at the center of welfare scholarship and policy making and places welfare issues at the forefront of feminist thinking and action.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: How to Read This Book
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. 1. The New Feminist Scholarship on the Welfare State
  2. pp. 9-35
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  1. 2. The Gender Basis of American Social Policy
  2. pp. 36-54
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  1. 3. The Domestication of Politics: Women and American Political Society, 1780- 1920
  2. pp. 55-91
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  1. 4. The Lady and the Tramp: Gender, Race, and the Origins of the American Welfare State
  2. pp. 92-122
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  1. 5. The Origins of the Two-Channel Welfare State: Workmen's Compensation and Mothers' Aid
  2. pp. 123-151
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  1. 6. Representations of Gender: Policies to "Protect" Women Workers and Infants in France and the United States before 1914
  2. pp. 152-177
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  1. 7. Family Violence, Feminism, and Social Control
  2. pp. 178-198
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  1. 8. Struggle Over Needs: Outline of a Socialist-Feminist Critical Theory of Late-Capitalist Political Culture
  2. pp. 199-225
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  1. 9. The Dialectic of Rights and Politics: Perspectives from the Women's Movement
  2. pp. 226-249
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  1. 10. Ideology and the State: Women, Power, and the Welfare State
  2. pp. 250-264
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  1. 11. Welfare Is Not/or Women: Why the War on Poverty Cannot Conquer the Feminization of Poverty
  2. pp. 265-279
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  1. 12. Black Women and AFDC: Making Entitlement Out of Necessity
  2. pp. 280-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-311
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