Regulating Women : Policymaking and Practice in the UK Paperback / softback
by Sarah Cooper
A number of women's issues serve to create novel policy problems that require creative, and sometimes unique, regulatory and legal responses.
This book embarks upon a comparative case study approach to explore UK policymaking in the areas of abortion, rape, prostitution and pornography in turn.
Each chapter engages a different institutional perspective to explore the influence of a range of bodies such as the legal system, medical profession, civil society, police force and mass media.
The analysis reveals a common thread that runs throughout decision-making in these areas; a constant balancing act between regulation that purports to protect women, and regulation that supposedly reflects female liberation, with a continual dance between the labels of `criminal' and `victim' being performed by policy actors.
Largely reflective of a dogmatic approach to the status of women, it is argued that different institutions retain strongholds over policymaking in these domains, prohibiting a joined-up approach.
This has served to perpetuate harmful and negative stereotyping of women's issues and create countless conundrums when the activities of women fall into more than one policy category.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 218 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International
- Publication Date: 17/02/2016
- Category: Gender studies: women
- ISBN: 9781783481859
- Hardback from £76.15
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