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- DescriptionThis comprehensive and carefully organized collection provides an overview of the relationship between gender and ecomic stratification in seven industrialized countries. Everywhere, as a Polish commentator tes, 'men have too much power, and women too much work.' Nevertheless, these studies reveal large differences in the circumstances of women in different countries and help to illuminate the several developments in the labor market, the family, and public policy which explain the extreme feminization of poverty in the United States. Frances Fox Piven, City University of New York Lucid, careful, and systematic, the book builds a compelling explanation for the needless impoverishment experienced by millions of American women and offers a sensible, realistic agenda for its reduction. Michael B. Katz, University of Pennsylvania This study asks whether the feminization of poverty, the tendency of women and their families to become the majority of the poor, is unique to the United States, where the phemen was first discovered. Seven industrialized nations, both capitalist and socialist, with different degrees of commitment to social welfare are compared: Canada, Japan, France, Sweden, Poland, the Soviet Union, and the United States. In each of the countries the authors analyze information about women, labor market conditions, equalization policies, social welfare programs, and demographic variables such as the rates of divorce and single parenthood. According to Goldberg and Kremen, it is possible to predict the feminization of poverty when three conditions are present: (1) insufficient efforts to reduce work place and wage inequities for women; (2) the absence or ineffectiveness of social welfare programs which can redress the cost, both ecomic and personal, of the dual role that women have assumed in industrialized societies; and (3) the presence of increasing rates of divorce and single motherhood. An array of labor market and social welfare programs in use in the six other industrialized nations are then reviewed by the authors for possible adaptation in the United States. This important work will be a valuable resource for scholars across the academic and professional disciplines of political science, sociology, ecomics, social work, and women's studies.
- Author BiographyGERTRUDE SCHAFFNER GOLDBERG is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Social Policy at the Adelphi University School of Social Work. She keynoted the Nordisk Forum in 1988, a Scandinavian follow-up to the United Nations Conference on Women held in Nairobi, Kenya in 1985. She is also the author and co-author of books and articles on social welfare policy. ELEANOR KREMEN is an Associate Professor at the Adelphi University School of Social Work. She is the Educational Director of the Social Services Center, a field training site for students. She has written and co-authored articles on social work practice and policy for women, poverty and drug abuse.
- Author(s)Eleanor Kremen,Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg
- Date of Publication09/11/1990
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight523 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
- Edition StatementNew edition
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