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Caring for Children

Social Movements and Public Policy in Canada

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Caring for Children

Social Movements and Public Policy in Canada

Social inequality. Selective political attention. Insufficient funding and access. Caring for Children provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of the crisis in care for Canadian children and their caregivers. The contributors explore the complex issues surrounding caring for children, analyzing the connections between services and programs to reveal how child care, parental leave, informal care, live-in caregiver programs, and child tax benefits affect the well-being of Canadian children and their families. They affirm the necessity of questioning political attitudes and arrangements and ask what social movements can do to promote positive change in approaches to the care of children.

272 pages

Table of Contents

Introduction: Movements and Policies – The Troubles of Caring for Children / Susan Prentice, Patrizia Albanese, and Rachel Langford

Part 1: The Canadian Policy Environment

1 Mad Men Social Policy: Families, Social Reproduction, and Childcare in a Conservative Canada / Kate Bezanson

2 The Politics of Income Splitting, Sex Equality, and Sex Role Stereotypes: Caring for Children or Keeping Women in Their Place? / Kathleen A. Lahey

3 Changing Early Childhood Care and Learning for Aboriginal Children / Angela Mashford-Pringle

4 Parental Leave, Class Inequalities, and “Caring With”: An Ethics of Care Approach to Canadian Parental-Leave Policy / Andrea Doucet and Lindsey McKay

Part 2: Care Campaigns – Crossing Boundaries and Policy Challenges

5 Taking Stock of Corporate Childcare in Alberta: Licensing Inspection Data in Not-for-Profit and Corporate Childcare Centres / Brooke Richardson

6 Policy Making and Unlicensed Childcare: Lessons from Ontario / Michal Perlman, Petr Varmuza, and Linda White

7 The Crisis of Social Reproduction under Global Capitalism: Working-Class Women and Children in the Struggle for Universal Childcare / Rachel Rosen, Suzanne Baustad, and Merryn Edwards

8 Crossing Boundaries: In-Home Childcare and Migration in Canada / Elizabeth Adamson

9 Nurturing Social Movement Intersectionality: Childcare Policy Advocacy in Canada / Tammy Findlay

Conclusion: Moving Forward, Lessons Learned / Patrizia Albanese, Susan Prentice, and Rachel Langford


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