Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research

Children, Gender and Families in Mediterranean Welfare States

Editors: Ajzenstadt, Mimi, Gal, John (Eds.)

  • An original piece that deals with issues not usually discussed in the literature (children, gender and families in the Mediterranean nations)
  • Covers a wide variety of nations, some of which (Israel, Turkey, Cyprus and Malta) are seldomly discussed in the social policy literature
  • The notion that there are common trends in the Mediterranean welfare states is unique
  • Brings together leading scholars in the nations covered
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Recent decades have seen a growing sophistication in the study of welfare states and social policy in general. This greater depth has come about as a result of more complex theorization; richer case study analysis; and the inclusion of additional sources of provision such as not-for-profit, market-based, informal and family welfare. The fields of study open to social scientists in this arena have also expanded to include issues such as globalization, gender, immigration and children, while benchmarking and performance monitoring within countries have afforded huge quantities of new data that allow for much more detailed cross-national comparative analysis.

There is intense interest in the social well-being and the legal and economic status of families, women and children in the welfare state, and this volume deals with the issues from a unique ‘welfare regime’ perspective. Casting aside the generally held assumption that national welfare regimes have common characteristics, this book makes the case that the Mediterranean states share a unique set of commonalities. In doing so, it offers a close comparative analysis of policies towards children, families and gender in these nations—Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Israel. Beginning with an overview of these countries’ welfare states and a discussion of the issues of children, families and gender in general terms, the volume then provides readers at both undergraduate and graduate level with detailed country-by-country comparative studies of these issues, authored by leading experts from the nations themselves.

About the authors

* John Gal is professor of social policy at the Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His fields of interest include social policy in Israel and in a comparative perspective, and the link between war and welfare. Recent books include a study on income maintenance in Israel, a study of the history of unemployment policy in Israel and Professional Ideologies and Preferences in Social Work: A Global Study with Idit Weiss and John Dixon. His e-mail address is: msjgsw@mscc.huji.ac.il.

* Mimi Ajzenstadt is a professor at the Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare and at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests lie in the areas of sociology of law, qualitative research methods and in the areas of social policy and the welfare state. She has examined the establishment and operation of social policy towards women in the Israeli welfare state, and has analyzed the history of the social construction of attitudes towards juvenile delinquency in the Jewish community in pre-State Palestine and in the State of Israel. Her articles were published in journals such as: British Journal of Criminology, Social Problems, Social Policy , Symbolic Interaction, Qualitative Sociology and Theoretical Criminology.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Investing in Children? Changes in Policies Concerning Children and Families in European Countries

    Olk, Thomas

    Pages 3-33

  • Understanding Gender Economic Inequality Across Welfare Regimes

    Mandel, Hadas

    Pages 35-53

  • Neighborhoods and Families

    McDonell, James R.

    Pages 55-73

  • Exploring the Extended Family of Mediterranean Welfare States, or: Did Beveridge and Bismarck Take a Mediterranean Cruise Together?

    Gal, John

    Pages 77-101

  • Children, Gender and Families in the Italian Welfare State

    Fargion, Valeria

    Pages 105-128

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eBook $159.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Children, Gender and Families in Mediterranean Welfare States
Editors
  • Mimi Ajzenstadt
  • John Gal
Series Title
Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8842-0
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8842-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8841-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3280-3
Series ISSN
1879-5196
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 226
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