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    Protecting, empowering or penalizing motherhood? The contradictory treatment of women in Chilean social policies

    Gideon, Jasmine and Ramm, A. and Alvarez Minte, Gabriela and de la Cruz Pincetti, C. (2022) Protecting, empowering or penalizing motherhood? The contradictory treatment of women in Chilean social policies. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 29 (1), pp. 118-140. ISSN 1072-4745.

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    This paper contributes to the growing discussion of gendered social policy in Latin America. Yet while attention has focused on the Chilean case and the gendered impacts of social policies, few studies have provided a comparative analysis of how the articulation of gender through motherhood differs across social sectors. Furthermore, most of the existing discussion of social policy, gender and motherhood has focused on public provision, but given the growing role assigned to the private sector in service provision, applying a gender lens here is also critical. To fill this gap, we include a discussion of the private sector in health in Chile and draw attention to the roles of both public and private social policy actors. We contrast the case of the health sector with the examples of housing, and labor market policies to demonstrate that the framing of motherhood in Chilean social policies is not uniformly articulated. We categorise each of these articulations in a way that best captures what type of attitude to motherhood is most prominent within the policy discourse. We note the diverse and contradictory nature of gendered narratives and practices across the sectors and argue that it still predominantly shapes women's access to social policy.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication following peer review. The version of record is available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Jasmine Gideon
    Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 08:15
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:07


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