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Contested terrains and emerging solidarities within childcare law, policy and practice in Europe

Marion Ellison

in Reinventing Social Solidarity Across Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427274
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305552 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427274.003.0005
Contested terrains and emerging solidarities within childcare law, policy and practice in Europe

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The crisis in welfare experienced in recent decades can be regarded as a crisis in social solidarity, with a deleterious impact on the public realm across European settings. Recent research has evidenced individuals and groups forming solidaristic resistances that attempt to reconstruct the public realm from the bottom up. New public management has become instrumental in neo-liberal processes of modernisation and the rise of ‘contested terrains’. This chapter argues that full cognisance should be taken of these contested terrains within a new spatial architecture of social citizenship mitigating the unregulated impact of a globalizing economy. It contributes to the understanding and knowledge of processes underlying the formation of social solidarities. Empirical data relating to child care law policy and practice across Europe has revealed the emergence of resistances and new forms of solidarity in response to the imposition of New Public Management within social work practice. With a focus on ‘contested terrains’ within child care law, policy and practice in Europe, the chapter offers critical insight into emerging forms of social solidarity within the new spatial architecture of social citizenship.

Keywords: solidarities; childcare; citizenship; social work; policy; practice

Chapter.  4415 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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