Gender and Social Justice in Wales

Editor(s): Nickie Charles Charlotte Aull Davies

Language: English

Genre(s): Gender Studies Social Policy and Law Welsh Interest

Series: Gender Studies in Wales

  • June 2010 · 224pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9780708322680
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783164233
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781783164240
  • · eBook - pdf - 9780708322697

About The Book

This book assesses how policies developed by the National Assembly for Wales are affecting gender inequalities and investigates whether they are having an impact on social justice for women in Wales. In 1999 the first elections to devolved governments took place in Scotland and Wales. In Wales this resulted in 40 per cent of Assembly Members being women. In 2003 this proportion increased to 50 per cent which makes the National Assembly for Wales 'the first legislative body with equal numbers of men and women in the world' ("The Guardian", 3/5/03). This new gender balance of political representatives is a significant change in the gendering of political institutions and this, together with the creation of a new tier of government, has the potential to create new opportunities for the development of social policies which address gender and other social inequalities. Focusing on distinct policy domains, this book explores gender politics in a devolved Wales. Each chapter investigates a particular aspect of social policy, exploring the way it has developed since devolution and the extent to which considerations of gender and social justice for women are central to this development. The empirical chapters which form the core of the book are situated theoretically and politically by the first chapter which discusses how gender and social justice can be theorised and explores devolution and its relation to gender politics in Wales.


"This is an excellent collection of analytical essays. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the outcomes of the first decade of devolution. Has a Welsh Assembly Government committed to social justice in Wales been able to deliver? The fascinating research reported on in this book has many of the answers."--Teresa Rees, Cardiff University


Part I: Gender, political representation and social justice Chapter 1. Setting the scene: devolution, gender politics and social justice, Nickie Charles Chapter 2. Gender mainstreaming and public policy in post-devolution Wales, Paul Chaney Chapter 3. Gender and political representation: views from the grassroots, Sandra Betts, Bangor University Part II: Social justice for women? Chapter 4. Devolution, gender and childcare: a distinctive agenda for Wales? Wendy Ball, Swansea University Chapter 5. Developing a domestic abuse strategy, Nickie Charles and Stephanie Jones, International College Wales Swansea Chapter 6. Mainstreaming Across the Equality Dimensions: Policy on Sexual Orientation in Wales, Alison Parken, Cardiff University Chapter 7. Making the world new for them: an exploration of women in power in the post-devolution Welsh education system, Sue Sanders, Chapter 8. Gendering housing policy, Susan Hutson and Tamsin Stirling Chapter 9. The material resources of older women in Wales and WAG policy responses, Vanessa Burholt, Swansea University Chapter 10. Devolution and Welsh language policy: a gender dimension? Charlotte Aull Davies Chapter 11. The future, Nickie Charles and Charlotte Aull Davies

About the Editor(s)

Nickie Charles

Professor Nickie Charles is Director of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick.

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Charlotte Aull Davies

Charlotte Aull Davies is an honorary research fellow in sociology and anthropology at Swansea University.

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