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Why Europe Is Lesbian and Gay Friendly (and Why America Never Will Be)

Angelia R. Wilson

Publication Year: 2013

Offers an analysis of the political economy of care in order to explain how lesbian and gay citizens in Europe benefit from equality more than those in the United States.

Published by: State University of New York Press


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p. 1-1

Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7


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pp. 8-9

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pp. ix-11

I would like to thank students and colleagues at Ohio State University, 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 provided insightful comments that improved this manuscript. ...

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Chapter 1: Why Europe Is Lesbian and Gay Friendly

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pp. 1-18

As a Texan lesbian academic living and working in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years, I am often asked by other Americans why European countries are so much more accepting of their lesbian and gay citizens. Of course, European scholars also direct the other version of this question at me: Why are Americans so ...

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Chapter 2: Commitment to Care

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pp. 19-41

In answering the question “Why is Europe lesbian and gay friendly?” this chapter draws on welfare theory literature to begin constructing 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 ...

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Chapter 3: Christian Values and Welfare

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pp. 43-61

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 Protestant) values as historically ...

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Chapter 4: A Care Crunch

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pp. 63-91

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 sector, 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 ...

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Chapter 5: Caring Citizenship

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pp. 93-115

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 democratic 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 ...

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Chapter 6: Why America Never Will Be

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pp. 117-136

The previous chapters employed a multisectoral framework to consider why Europe was lesbian and gay friendly. This framework 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. ...


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pp. 137-168


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pp. 195-196

Back Cover

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p. 208-208

E-ISBN-13: 9781438447292
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438447278

Page Count: 206
Publication Year: 2013