Poor Women in Rich Countries: The Feminization of Poverty Over the Life Course

Paperback | December 3, 2009

EditorGertrude Schaffner Goldberg

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The first book to study women's poverty over the life course, this wide-ranging collection focuses on the economic condition of single mothers and single elderly women - while also considering partnered women and immigrants - in eight wealthy but diverse countries: Canada, France, Germany,Italy, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In a rich analysis of labor market and social welfare sectors, Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg and a team of outstanding international contributors conclude that both living-wage employment and government provision of adequate benefits and services are necessary if lone women are to achieve a sociallyacceptable living standard. Taken together, the chapters extend a feminist critique of welfare state theories and chart nations' disparate progress against poverty -- probing, for instance, how Sweden emerged a leader in the prevention of women's poverty while the United States continues to lag. By identifying the social and economic policies that enable women to live independently, Poor Women in Rich Countries provides nothing less than a blueprint for abolishing women's poverty.

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The first book to study women's poverty over the life course, this wide-ranging collection focuses on the economic condition of single mothers and single elderly women - while also considering partnered women and immigrants - in eight wealthy but diverse countries: Canada, France, Germany,Italy, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and t...

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, DSW, is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Social Work at Adelphi University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.59 inPublished:December 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195314301

ISBN - 13:9780195314304

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Table of Contents

1. Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg: Revisiting the Feminization of Poverty in Cross-National Perspective2. Diane Sainsbury and Ann Morissens: Sweden: The Feminization of Poverty?3. Claude Martin: Feminization of Poverty: The French Case4. Ute Klammer: Germany: Deviating from the Male Breadwinner Norm5. Jane Millar: The United Kingdom: The Feminization of Poverty?6. Patricia Evans: Women's Poverty in Canada: Cross-Currents in an Ebbing Tide7. Enrica Morlicchio and Elena Spine: The Italian Case8. Kimiko Kimoto and Kumiko Hagiwara: Feminization of Poverty in Japan: A Special Case?9. Gertrude Schaffner Gold: Feminized Poverty in the United States: Any Surprises?10. Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg: Summary, Synthesis, and Conclusions, Part 1: The Poverty of Lone Women, Their Diversity, and Income Sources11. Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg: Summary, Synthesis and Conclusions, Part 2: Social and Economic Policies for Lone Women