Empiricism and Equality: Studying Fathers’ Rights – Jotwell: Equality.
Very interesting, go and have a look at the review – and the article (Kelly A. Behre, Digging Beneath the Equality Language: The Influence of the Fathers’ Rights Movement on Intimate Partner Violence Public Policy Debates and Family Law Reform, 21 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. (forthcoming 2014), available at SSRN.).
While discussions, critiques, and analysis of the equality rhetoric of the international fathers’ rights movements are not novel, Kelly Behre’s article, Digging Beneath the Equality Language: The Influence of the Fathers’ Rights Movement on Intimate Partner Violence Public Policy Debates and Family Law Reform, does – – – as the title promises – – – “dig beneath.” The article’s first section is an excellent overview of the equality narratives of the fathers’ rights movement, including the appeal to civil rights movements and the use of both discrimination and gender-neutral tropes. But the real contribution of Behre’s article is her exploration of the relationship between empiricism and equality. [from Ruthann Robson’s explanation of why she likes the article – lots]
Employment Equity in Canada: The Legacy of the Abella Report
Carol Agócs, ed
Carol Agócs is Professor Emerita at UWO Poli Sci (read her biographical info here). The table of contents (here) looks great. Articles by Gerald Hunt, David Rayside and Donn Short, Marcia Rioux and Lora Patton, Mary Cornish, Fay Faraday and Jan Borowy, Raj Anand, inter alia, and a forward by Justice Abella herself!
“Informative and evidence-based, this book celebrates the legacy of the Abella Report, while raising critical questions about the continuing challenges of achieving workplace equality.”
Colleen Sheppard, Director, McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism
from the publishers page here
Publisher’s page at U of T Press
Examining the evidence of nearly thirty years, the contributors – both scholars and practitioners of employment policy – evaluate the history and influence of the Abella Report, the impact of Canada’s employment equity legislation on equality in the workplace, and the future of substantive equality in an environment where the Canadian government is increasingly hostile to intervention in the workplace. They compare Canada’s legal and policy choices to those of the United States and to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and examine ways in which the concept of employment equity might be expanded to embrace other vulnerable communities. Their observations will be essential reading for those seeking to understand the past, present, and future of Canadian employment and equity policy.
from the publishers page here
Beyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work
by Sheila M. Neysmith, Marge Reitsma-Street, Stephanie Baker Collins, and Elaine Porter also from U of T Press, publisher’s page here.
Although women have long been members of the labour force, the proportion of domestic, caring, and community work they provide compared to men or the state has yet to decrease substantially. Beyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work offers a powerful new framework for understanding women’s work in a holistic sense, acknowledging both their responsibilities in supporting others as well as their employment duties.
Beyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work is based on a four-year, multi-site study of women who are members of contemporary community organizations. The authors reveal the complex ways in which these women define and value their own work, investigating what supports and constrains their individual and collective efforts. Calling on the state to assist more with citizens’ provisioning responsibilities, Beyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work provides an excellent basis for new discussions on equitable and sustainable public policies. (here)
Policing Pleasure: Sex Work, Policy and the State in Global Perspective
Dewey and Kelly, eds.NYU Press, Dec. 2011
Mónica waits in the Anti-Venereal Medical Service of the Zona Galactica, the legal, state-run brothel where she works in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico. Surrounded by other sex workers, she clutches the Sanitary Control Cards that deem her registered with the city, disease-free, and able to work. On the other side of the world, Min stands singing karaoke with one of her regular clients, warily eyeing the door lest a raid by the anti-trafficking Public Security Bureau disrupt their evening by placing one or both of them in jail.
Whether in Mexico or China, sex work-related public policy varies considerably from one community to the next. A range of policies dictate what is permissible, many of them intending to keep sex workers themselves healthy and free from harm. Yet often, policies with particular goals end up having completely different consequences.
Policing Pleasure examines cross-cultural public policies related to sex work, bringing together ethnographic studies from around the world—from South Africa to India—to offer a nuanced critique of national and municipal approaches to regulating sex work. Contributors offer new theoretical and methodological perspectives that move beyond already well-established debates between “abolitionists” and “sex workers’ rights advocates” to document both the intention of public policies on sex work and their actual impact upon those who sell sex, those who buy sex, and public health more generally.
[From the introduction]