chapter  8
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Care in South Africa: A Legacy of Family Disruption


All social policy analysis, and social policies themselves, have at their heart, whether explicitly or implicitly, a model of family life, the diff erential caring roles of men and of women, and the role of paid and unpaid work in earning income and providing for the material security and well-being of family members. Esping-Andersen’s path-breaking work (1990, 1999) on welfare regimes presented a framework for comparative analysis of social provision in advanced industrialized states. Criticized initially for its gender blindness, it nevertheless catalysed a new approach to social policy analysis, and a new body of scholarship which has attempted to pin down axes along which welfare provision in diff erent countries converge and diff er.