Changing Relations of Welfare is concerned with the complexities of family relations and practices in the recent past and how these have been imagined, addressed or elided in present policy making. It uses rich and varied sources to offer an innovative approach to the analysis of meanings afforded to the family in different policy, legal and welfare contexts in Sweden, Denmark and Britain. This book considers how debates about responsibility, obligation and rights have been gendered in social policy and welfare practice, whilst also focusing upon the intersections of family, gender, race and ethnicity and the different ways in which legislation and policy in northern Europe have been used to regulate not only immigration but also the lives of migrant families. Presenting a historically informed, comparative analysis of the shifting dynamics in the relationship between family and the state, this volume offers new pathways for exploring questions of change and continuity.

chapter Chapter 1|14 pages


ByJanet Fink, Åsa Lundqvist

part I|94 pages

Family, Gender Relations and the Welfare State

chapter Chapter 2|22 pages

Overshadowed by the Male Breadwinner: Care in 20th Century Britain

ByHilary Land

chapter Chapter 3|26 pages

Competing Meanings of Gender Equality: Family, Marriage and Tax Law in 20th Century Denmark

ByAnna-Birte Ravn, Bente Rosenbeck

chapter Chapter 4|22 pages

The Institutionalization of Family and Gender Equality Policies in the Swedish Welfare State

ByÅsa Lundqvist, Christine Roman

chapter Chapter 5|22 pages

Paradoxes of Gender and Marital Status in mid-20th Century British Welfare

ByJanet Fink, Katherine Holden

part II|80 pages

Gender, Migration and Social Inequalities

chapter Chapter 8|24 pages

Postcolonial Encounters: Migrant Women and Swedish Midwives

ByDiana Mulinari

chapter Chapter 9|10 pages


ByJanet Fink, Åsa Lundqvist