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Gender and Social Policy in a Global Context

Uncovering the Gendered Structure of ‘the Social’

  • Shahra Razavi
  • Shireen Hassim

Part of the Social Policy in a Development Context book series (SPDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Gender and Social Policy in a Global Context: Uncovering the Gendered Structure of ‘the Social’

  3. Historical and Regional Trajectories in Social Provisioning

  4. Labour Market Informality and the Search for Social Security

  5. Gender Dimensions of Social-sector Restructuring

  6. Financing Social Provisioning and Counting in Women

About this book


This book illustrates why both academic research and policy thinking need to factor-in gender hierarchies and structures if they are to address some of the key challenges of contemporary societies: the widespread informality and insecurity of paid work and the crisis of care.


development family policy gender poverty social justice social policy social security tax reform women

Editors and affiliations

  • Shahra Razavi
    • 1
  • Shireen Hassim
    • 2
  1. 1.United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)Switzerland
  2. 2.University of the WitwatersrandSouth Africa

About the editors

LOURDES BENERIA Professor of City and Regional Planning and Women's Studies and Director, International Studies in Planning Programme, Cornell University, USA DEBBIE BUDLENDER Specialist Researcher of Social Policy, Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE), South Africa MARIA S. FLORO Associate Professor, Economics Department, American University, USA SUSY GIULLARI Former BA Fellow and Research Officer, UK BARBARA HOBSON Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden EVELYNE HUBER Morehead Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA JYOTSNA JHA Advisor on Gender and Education, Social Transformation Programmes Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, UK JANE LEWIS Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK FRANCES LUND Associate Professor in Social Policy, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa MAUREEN MACKINTOSH Professor of Economics, The Open University, UK VALENTINE M. MOGHADAM Chief of Section, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO, USA MAXINE MOLYNEUX Professor of Sociology, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, UK ITO PENG Associate Professor of Political Sociology and Director, Dr. David Chu Chair Programme in Asia Pacific Studies, University of Toronto, Canada SILKE STEINHILBER Researcher and Consultant, Germany RAMYA SUBRAHMANIAN Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK PAULA TIBANDEBAGE Senior Research Fellow, Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), Tanzania JUFEN WANG Professor, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University, China

Bibliographic information


' extremely valuable feminist viewpoint on social policy in a global context.' - Diane Perrons, Feminist Economics