politicising social work
Functional social work: early 1970s style
The 1970s saw increasing attempts to organise social work as a
profession. In 1971 there was both the publication of the first issue of
Social Work Today, a trade magazine for the profession, and the setting
up of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). The following
year saw the inaugural edition of the British Journal of Social Work (BJSW)
arguably still, in academic terms at least, the most prestigious of the
many social work journals. The BJSW was linked with the newly
How to respond to the needs of working parents has become a pressing social policy issue in contemporary Western Europe. This book highlights the politicising of parenthood in the Scandinavian welfare states - focusing on the relationship between parents and the state, and the ongoing renegotiations between the public and the private.
Drawing on new empirical research, leading Scandinavian academics provide an up-to-date record and critical synthesis of Nordic work-family reforms since the 1990s. A broad range of policies targeting working parents is examined including: the expansion of childcare services as a social right; parental leave; cash benefits for childcare; and working hours regulations.
The book also explores policy discourses, scrutinises outcomes, and highlights the similarities and differences between Nordic countries through analyses of comparative statistical data and national case studies. Set in the context of economic restructuring and the growing influence of neo-liberal ideology, each chapter addresses concerns about the impact of policies on the gender relations of parenthood.
“Politicising parenthood in Scandinavia” is a timely contribution to ongoing policy debates on welfare state models, parenthood and gender equality. It will be of particular interest to students and teachers of welfare studies, family policy and gender studies.
Global norms, local contestation:
privatisation and de/politicisation in Berlin
Ross Beveridge and Matthias Naumann
The emerging political science literature on de/politicisation has focused
mainly on national and economic policy and the processes and effects of
depoliticisation. This chapter seeks to broaden the scope of the literature
by making two important contributions: focusing on the urban (regional/
local) level and examining how strategies and forms of depoliticised
governance are repoliticised. Hence, if research
Peter Cox and Till Koglin
The politics of cycling infrastructure
In her work Mobility Justice, Mimi Sheller (2018) devotes a whole
chapter to ‘Infrastructural Justice’ highlighting the degree to
which infrastructure shapes not only the quality of life, but more
fundamentally locates one within social structures of (in)equality.
Differential provision and differential life chances are intertwined.
Sheller writes of infrastructuring as an active process, involving
kinopolitical struggle in
parenthood in Scandinavia
Anne Lise Ellingsæter and Arnlaug Leira
During an historically short time span, family forms and family
practices have been profoundly transformed throughout Western
Europe. Falling birth rates, ageing populations, rising employment
rates of mothers and increasing divorce and parental separation have
all prompted questions about the future of the family institution.
Demographic, economic and cultural change necessitates welfare
state restructuring. Changing patterns of welfare needs and risks
politicisation of ‘gender’ has also taken place in Western Europe and focus on how this has been driven by parties of the mainstream right and radical right. As a growing literature has documented, parties of the political right have (re)discovered ‘gender’ as a tool for conservative mobilisation – especially focusing on questions of gender and sexual identity. From a vote-seeking perspective, this novel turn against ‘gender ideology’ or ‘woke/cancel culture’ 1 can be promising for mainstream and radical right parties. In Western Europe, the general trend of secularisation