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Social Policy Review 20Analysis and debate in social policy, 2008$
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Tony Maltby, Patricia Kennett, and Kirstein Rummery

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420763

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420763.001.0001

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Forming Australian families: gender ideologies and policy settings

Forming Australian families: gender ideologies and policy settings

(p.263) Thirteen Forming Australian families: gender ideologies and policy settings
Social Policy Review 20

JaneMaree Maher

Policy Press

This chapter shows how the normative underpinnings of policy reflect gendered assumptions about work and care in Australian families. Drawing on the key findings of the Families, Fertility and the Future study, the chapter shows how policy concerns about fertility rates were reflected in decisions about family configuration, and shows specifically how such considerations are differentiated along gender lines. The burden of work and care seems to be falling on women within this policy context, and this is demonstrated through views expressed that state that policies about combining work and care are about women's concerns. The chapter also shows that less attention has been paid to the role that fathers play or are expected to play; a gendered preoccupation echoed in policy across several national and international contexts.

Keywords:   policy, gendered assumptions, work and care, Australian families, fertility rates, family configuration, women

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