The Canadian Policy Response to the Crisis in Care: Opportunities and Consequences for Women
Mount Saint Vincent University
Using a socialist feminist perspective, this thesis critically assesses the conflict between capitalist production and social reproduction in Canada, and the crises in care generated by this conflict, both historically and up to contemporary times. Policy shifts and mobilization that occurred prior to and during the build up of the Keynesian welfare state, its dismantlement under neo-liberalism, and the subsequent inclusive liberal/social investment response are studied in-depth. Child and palliative/long-term care-related policies created, debated, and revised throughout these three periods are critically analyzed. This thesis concludes that care crises present not only ongoing struggles, but also a potential opportunity for women to challenge the legitimacy of the capitalist system to improve their own and their dependents’ quality of life, and to advance the social justice agenda.
Capitalist Production in Canada , Social Reproduction in Canada , Keynesian Welfare State , Capitalism , Motherhood , Child Care