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Care and Equality: Inventing a New Family Politics 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0415928229
ISBN-10: 0415928222
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The enormous shift of American women from full-time, unpaid homemakers to members of the paid workforce, Mona Harrington argues, reveals the extent to which the care of the American family once rested on their shoulders--and she believes that this societal change, with its benefits and problems, requires correspondingly large changes in public policy. Care and Equality is a clear-eyed, intelligent assessment of the social policies of the Clinton era and why their proponents have been unable to bring about healthy policy reform. Harrington, inspired by her strong belief in the liberal movement's capacity to effect positive change, outlines her own agenda: "To assure good care to all members of the society should become a primary principle of our common life," she writes, "along with the assurance of liberty, equality and justice." Care and Equality is an enlightening read for policymakers and electorate both. --Maria Dolan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"In spite of the fact that most American women are in the paid workforce, we have not taken full account of what that means. We are operating as if they were still at home much of the time taking care of their families," writes Harrington in this book, which examines the collapsing care system and suggests solutions for establishing a new one. Harrington, an attorney and author (Women Lawyers, LJ 1/94), believes that women are unlikely to return home to do care work, for reasons of both economics and equality. Therefore, she says, care must be adopted as a national priority. After evaluating liberal positions on family and care issues, Harrington urges liberals to promote policies that provide meaningful support for care systems and explore new responses to the continuing collapse of those systems. This thorough and thoughtful look at the issues is strongly slanted toward liberal, government-centered solutions. An optional choice for academic political science collections.AJill Ortner, SILS, SUNY at Buffalo
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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