Mothers and the state

Gillian Pascall and Anna Kwak

in Gender regimes in transition in Central and Eastern Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424204
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302414 | DOI:
Mothers and the state

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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

Chapter.  7796 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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