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Gender regimes in transition in Central and Eastern Europe$
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Gillian Pascall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424204

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424204.001.0001

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Mothers and the state

Mothers and the state

(p.99) Four Mothers and the state
Gender regimes in transition in Central and Eastern Europe

Gillian Pascall

Anna Kwak

Policy Press

This chapter explores women and the Polish state, in the context of debates around gender in post-communist societies. Research discussed the issues with mothers of young children in two locations in Poland: the provincial town of Skierniewice; and the capital, Warsaw. The chapter describes the mothers' views of the state and the state's obligations, and their ideas about the division of caring responsibility in households, and of particular social policies. There were differences of emphasis between respondents from Skierniewice and those from Warsaw, but the broad picture from both areas was that the government was failing families through its lack of support. There is very little in the accounts of mothers in Skierniewice or in Warsaw that could be interpreted as critical, or even wary, about the state's role in supporting the family.

Keywords:   Polish state, mothers, gender, Skierniewice, Warsaw, family, caring

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