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Cover of Mothers of a New World

Mothers of a New World Maternalist Politics and the Origins of Welfare States

  • Published: 2 Sep 1993
  • DOI: 10.4324/9781315021164
  • Print ISBN: 9781138141551
  • eBook ISBN: 9781315021164

This book explores the historical evolution of such claims, and their relationship to the rise of women's movements and the emergence of welfare states in Western industrializing countries at the turn of the 19th century.


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    Front Matter
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    Introduction: “Mother Worlds” By Seth Koven; Sonya Michel
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    The Historical Foundations of Women's Power in the Creation of the American Welfare State, 1830-1930 By Kathryn Kish Sklar
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    Borderlands: Women, Voluntary Action, and Child Welfare in Britain, 1840 to 1914 By Seth Koven
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    Social Mothers: The Bourgeois Women's Movement and German Welfare-State Formation, 1890-1929 By Christoph Sachße
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    Woman's Work and the Early Welfare State in Germany: Legislators, Bureaucrats, and Clients before the First World War By Jean H. Quataert
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    Depopulation and Race Suicide: Maternalism and Pronatalist Ideologies in France and the United States By Alisa Klaus
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    The Power of Motherhood: Black and White Activist Women Redefine the “Political” By Eileen Boris
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    Catholicism, Feminism, and the Politics of the Family during the late Third Republic By Susan Pedersen
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    The Limits of Maternalism: Policies Toward American Wage-Earning Mothers During the Progressive Era By Sonya Michel
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    “My Work Came Out of Agony and Grief”: Mothers and the Making of the Sheppard-Towner Act By Molly Ladd-Taylor
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    Women in the British Labour Party and the Construction of State Welfare, 1906-1939 By Pat Thane
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    A Revolution in the Family: The Challenge and Contradictions of Maternal Citizenship in Australia By Marilyn Lake
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    Feminist Strategies and Gendered Discourses in Welfare States: Married Women's Right to Work in the United States and Sweden By Barbara Hobson
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    Back Matter