Women, Politics, and Public Policy: The Political Struggles of Canadian Women

Paperback | January 25, 2012

byJacquetta Newman, Linda A. White

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The second edition of Women, Politics, and Public Policy incorporates uniquely Canadian perspectives on the intersectionality of feminism, women's politics, and public policy-making. After outlining historical contexts and the foundations of feminist theory, the text examines topical,practical issues, offering an approach that is well-suited to both novices and advanced learners. Extensively updated and revised, this comprehensive volume is an essential tool for examining and understanding the many aspects of women's political activity and its relationship to public policy andsocial change.

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The second edition of Women, Politics, and Public Policy incorporates uniquely Canadian perspectives on the intersectionality of feminism, women's politics, and public policy-making. After outlining historical contexts and the foundations of feminist theory, the text examines topical,practical issues, offering an approach that is well-...

Jacquetta Newman is associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at King's University College at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include social movements and the NGO sector; political identity formation; collective action; citizenship, peace movements, and politics; and the use of qual...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.73 inPublished:January 25, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195432495

ISBN - 13:9780195432497

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1. IntroductionFeminism: What's in a name?'Girls wear pink and boys wear blue': Gender and the social construction of womenDebates over the meaning of equalityThe debate over the meaning of public and privateIs feminism relevant?2. Modern Feminist Theory'Sister, can you paradigm?': The importance of theoryTheorizing about women: A modern herstoryConclusion: From sameness to difference, from ideas to the body3. Contemporary Debates in Feminist TheoryDifference feminismsIdentity politics: The politics of 'who I am and who I become'Post-modern feminism: Irony and deconstructionIntersectionality: Finding common ground through a geography of the selfConclusion: A return to praxis4. The Women's Movement in CanadaWaves eroding the shores of male domination: Women's struggles, politics, and movementsThe Canadian women's movementOld waves, new waves, mobilization, and latency5. Women's Participation in Formal PoliticsThe numbers: How absent are women from formal politics?Quality versus quantity: Trustee, delegate, or mirror representative?Barriers to women's success in achieving elected officeConclusion: The problems of supply and demand6. The Practical Realities of Political ChangeQuestion 1: What do women want and what avenues exist to express demands?Question 2: How do women go about achieving their demands? Debates over insider versus outsider strategiesQuestion 3: Do women's actions succeed? Changing the substance of public policyConclusion: Has women's activism made a difference?7. What Is a Family?States and families: Debates in feminist and political theoryThe evolution and structure of the family in CanadaPolicy and law: Who can be a family in Canada?Conclusion8. The Family, Law, and Public PolicyCase 1: Divorce, spousal support, and child supportCase 2: Child custodyCase 3: Family violence, domestic violence, violence against womenConclusion9. Pin Money, McJobs, and Glass CeilingsThe story of women's work in CanadaThe grounds of economic inequalityExplaining gender roles and the wage gap: It's not rocket science, it's social science10. Challenging Market Rules and Balancing Work and Family LifeA history of workplace-based policy changeAnti-discrimination, equity, and equality: Pay and employment equity policiesBalancing work and family life: Child care and other family responsibilitiesConclusion: What is to be done?11. Regulation and Control of Women's BodiesBeauty and the bodyProstitutionPornographyConclusion: Lessons from the body wars12. Reproductive Rights and TechnologyGovernment regulation of reproductionFeminist challenges to restrictions on reproductive rightsNew challenges for pro-choice feministsFrom rights to reproductive freedomNew reproductive and genetic technologiesAssisted reproductive technologies (ARTs)Assisted reproductive technologies: Feminist policy prescriptionsAssisted reproductive technologies: The government's responseConclusion13. Global Women's PoliticsGendering international relationsGender makes the world go aroundThe women's movement and international relationsWomen's issues in global politicsContinuing struggles for inclusion and recognition

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