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Women and Social Policies in Europe

Work, Family and the State

Edited by Jane Lewis
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Jun 1993
Dimensions: w 156mm h 234mm d 20mm
Weight: 411g
ISBN-10: 1852785632
ISBN-13: 9781852785635
Barcode No: 9781852785635
This text aims to provide a thoroughly documented overview of social policies affecting women in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Britain, Ireland, Norway, France and Sweden. The central theme of the book is the relationship between women's paid and unpaid work, something very few European governments have been prepared explicitly to address as a social issue and which has yet to enter the European Commission's agenda. Contributors discuss the literature on women and welfare in the particular country concerned, and outline the developments in social policies relating to women and the position of women in regard to reproductive and labour market behaviour in the post-War period. The essays analyze the assumptions behind policies affecting women's family and work lives and discuss specific legislative approaches to securing "equality". A concluding chapter discusses the European Community's contribution to the goal of equal opportunities for both men and women. The main aim of this text is to provide students with a source of easily accessible information about a major issue in social policy - the relationship between men and women, the family and employment.

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