Why Europe Is Lesbian and Gay Friendly (and Why America Never Will Be)
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
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Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I would like to thank students and colleagues at Ohio State Univer-sity, Denison University, University of Kent, University of Glasgow, and the Gender and Sexuality Section of the Council for European Studies all of whom kindly extended invitations to speak and pro-vided insightful comments that improved this manuscript. Addition-...
Chapter 1: Why Europe Is Lesbian and Gay Friendly
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As a Texan lesbian academic living and working in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years, I am often asked by other their lesbian and gay citizens. Of course, European scholars also direct against the extension of rights to lesbian and gay citizens? This book is an attempt to provide an answer to the first of these questions. In ture, and I discuss these briefly here. Although each of these is an ...
Chapter 2: Commitment to Care
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In answering the question “Why is Europe lesbian and gay friendly?” this chapter draws on welfare theory literature to begin construct-ing a frame for understanding the cultural and political context of European lesbian- and gay-friendly policies. In doing so, it lays the foundation for a comparative consideration of European and U.S. lesbian and gay politics later in the book. The focus here is on the ...
Chapter 3: Christian Values and Welfare
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In Chapter 2 I mapped a genealogy of a consensus about the value of welfare to Europeans. While acknowledging differences in the typology literature with regard to points of delivery and emphasis on collective or individual responsibility, Manow’s work1 delineates the role of Christian (Catholic, Protestant, and Reformed Protes-tant) values as historically inscribed in welfare regimes. In this chap-...
Chapter 4: A Care Crunch
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In Chapter 2, I traced the commitment to care held by many European states ensuring their citizens fare well. In Chapter 3, I focused on the relationship between the state and the voluntary sec-tor, particularly faith-based agencies as large providers of care and a driving force in establishing values underpinning welfare provision. This chapter demonstrates how a European commitment to care and ...
Chapter 5: Caring Citizenship
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This chapter incorporates another analytical frame, citizenship, in order to hone in the relationship between individuals and their collective representatives, broadly defined as “the state.” If the demo-cratic state has a responsibility to ensure that citizens can fare well, then one key aspect of that process is to clarify the lawful beneficiaries of care. In the words of Bryan Turner: “who gets citizenship clearly ...
Chapter 6: Why America Never Will Be
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The previous chapters employed a multisectoral framework to consider why Europe was lesbian and gay friendly. This frame-work weaved together information about the political economy of care from a range of literature including welfare theory, comparative public policy, religion and politics, as well as feminist interpretations of the political economy of care and citizenship. Building on Europe’s his-...
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Page Count: 206
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: SUNY series in Queer Politics and Cultures