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Care and Equality : Inventing a New Family Politics

Care and Equality : Inventing a New Family Politics - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415928229

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ISBN13: 978-0415928229
ISBN10: 0415928222
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 2000
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Care and Equality : Inventing a New Family Politics - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415928229

Mona Harrington

ISBN13: 978-0415928229
ISBN10: 0415928222
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Who is caring for America's children, for the elderly, the sick, and disabled? In practical terms, the answer is:nobody.

Even though most American women are in the workplace, Mona Harrington argues that government and business still operate as if there were a large unpaid labor force at home to care for children and aging parents. The result is the silent collapse of the caregiving system in the U.S. today.

Care and Equality is a clear-eyed, feminist reassessment of these issues that moves beyond stop-gap solutions like flex time and maternity leave. Criticizing both sides of the political spectrum -- conservatives' reliance on fictitious stay-at-home moms and liberals' narrow focus on workplace equality -- Harrington broadens the debate to redefine liberal "family values" and the programs needed to realize them at home and at the office. The solutions, she suggests, will require both public and private support for health care, family leave, good wages for care workers, and decent housing.

Proposing policies that will help prevent teen pregnancy, support single-parent families, and relieve the stresses on marriage,Care and Equality offers a tightly reasoned, cliché-free analysis of one of our toughest problems.

Table of Contents

Prologue

PART I:Taking Care Seriously

1. The Care-Equality Problem Enters Politics
2. A Collapsing Care System
3. Care as a National Political Value

PART II:Embracing the Family

4. Moral Panic:Sex, Families, Politics
5. Social Morality and Liberal Family Values

Part III: Adding in Equality

6. Equal Authority:The Motherhood Problem
7. Equal Authority:The Warrior Problem
8. Equal Opportunity:The Problem of Private Authority

PART IV:Opening New Political Challenges

9. A Break in the Order
10. A New Politics of Conversation

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