chapter  6
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Discourses, demands and denials

In the creation of any policy by any polity, different discourses and different demands exist. As has been previously discussed the discourses and demands which surround policy-making in the area of childcare are numerous and vary both within and across geographies and historical settings. This second case study is an example of such a variation and provides an examination of an innovative and comprehensive childcare strategy. This strategy was designed to challenge certain assumptions and discourses, most notably class inequality, but at the same time maintained the status quo in other areas of inequality. Working mothers were, as I show below, a part, albeit peripheral, of policy considerations from policy inception but this matter began to lose what primacy it had achieved by the late 1970s as it was edged out by discourses around social deprivation.