Uno aguardo di genere sul concetto di "welfare"

Translated title of the contribution: A Gender Glance at the Concept of "welfare": Et kønsblik på velfærdsbegrebet

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    The article argues that welfare is satisfying human needs. It is a multidimensional Phenomenon and is constructed through gendered processes. The Finnish sociologist Erik Allardt distinguishes three dimensions of welfare: "having", which refers to basic physiological needs, "being", which refers to community, care and recognition,"being", which refers to identity building. These classic dimesnions of welfare have different meanings for women and men, because they relate differently to the family, the state and the market. Rethinking the gendered processes of welfare in a post-industrial, knowledge-based society calls for adding two new dimensions: doing, which refers to the relation between paid and unpaid work,and deciding, which refers to the ability to have a say in your own life and influence political decisions. These dimensions are illustrated by four key debates in international gender research connected to the five dimensions above. The debates are: 1) the public-private divide, 2) the distribution between care work and wage work, 3) welfare models and inequality regimes, 4) social and political citizenship. The article discusses the implications of the new challenges and dilemmas related to multiculturalism, migration and globalisation for the intersections of gender, class and ethnicity.
    Translated title of the contributionA Gender Glance at the Concept of "welfare": Et kønsblik på velfærdsbegrebet
    Original languageItalian
    Journalla Rivista della Politiche Sociali, Italian Journal of Social Policy
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)19-44
    Number of pages25
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


    • public-private divide
    • social and political citizenship
    • paid work
    • care work
    • welfare models
    • gender models

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