Lone Mothers, Paid Work and Gendered Moral Rationalities

  • Simon Duncan
  • Rosalind Edwards

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Simon Duncan, Rosalind Edwards
    Pages 1-22
  3. Simon Duncan, Rosalind Edwards
    Pages 23-64
  4. Simon Duncan, Rosalind Edwards
    Pages 65-107
  5. Simon Duncan, Rosalind Edwards
    Pages 178-210
  6. Simon Duncan, Rosalind Edwards
    Pages 253-280
  7. Simon Duncan, Rosalind Edwards
    Pages 281-298
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 299-333

About this book


Why are most British lone mothers unemployed? And is 'welfare to work' the right sort of policy response? This book provides an in-depth analysis of how lone mothers negotiate the relationship between motherhood and paid work. Combining qualitative and quantitative data, it focuses on social capital in different neighbourhoods, local labour markets and welfare states. Criticising conventional economic theories of decision-making, it posits an alternative concept of 'gendered moral rationality', and sets up new frameworks for understanding national policy differences and discourses about lone motherhood.


capital decision-making employment gender labor market social capital state work

Authors and affiliations

  • Simon Duncan
    • 1
  • Rosalind Edwards
    • 2
  1. 1.Applied Social StudiesUniversity of BradfordWest YorkshireUK
  2. 2.Social Sciences Research CentreSouth Bank UniversityLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230509689
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-64453-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50968-9
  • About this book