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Caring, citizenship and New Labour: dilemmas and contradictions for disabled and older women

Rummery Kirstein

in Women and New Labour

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348289
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304302 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348289.003.0009
Caring, citizenship and New Labour: dilemmas and contradictions for disabled and older women

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This chapter explores the way New Labour's policies have offered opportunities and constraints for older and disabled women. It also explains the area of caring and citizenship, and the areas of policy. The chapter examines areas that have a significant impact on disabled and older women, contrasting areas where New Labour has taken a gender-aware approach (such as pensions) with those in which a gender-blind approach to policy has been adopted, and the effects these approaches have had on disabled and older women's lives and their citizenship status. It is clear from the way in which the New Deal for Disabled People has been formulated and implemented that it was never intended to have a gender-aware dimension. Engendering citizenship policy would mean really valuing care as work, and would ensure that caring citizens should not be second-class citizens: a challenge New Labour does not seem able to face.

Keywords: New Labour; older women; disabled women; caring; citizenship; gender; New Deal

Chapter.  6948 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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