Compared to other developed countries, the United States has far fewer social policies to help families maintain their economic security and balance caretaking obligation with employment.
Based on course readings:
What underlying ideology or perspective might justify the scant public resources to support family life?
How do the consequences (or penalties) attached to caretaking work differ for middle-class mothers compared to working-class/poor mothers?
What are the larger social consequences stemming from the denigration of caretaking work for society as a whole?
While the U.S. might rank the best in the other aspects, its social sphere is inferior and this owes to the relative absence of family-friendly social policies. Fundamentally, social policies play the role of assisting families, particularly mothers, in maintaining effective economic policies and balancing their caretaking obligations with employment. Numerous ideologies expound the social policy gap in the U.S. Hays (2003) presents one of these ideologies by purporting that America has a self-reliant philosophy, which blinds them to the essence of stronger social policies to support and reinforce family life. Ann Crittenden introduces a further ideology in which she debates that the U.S. people feel that children are not “public goods” but rather, “private responsibilities (Crittenden 2001). With such a mindset, the theorist feels that the sensitivity of the Americans to social benefits of children lessens and this mitigates their willingness to assist other families with caretaking roles. Brigid Schulte documents an additionally monumental ideology by claiming that the Americans have continually failed to create flexible, family-friendly work settings because of deeply gendered ideologies of the "ideal worker," despite the vast evidence that such an environment promotes optimized productivity (Schulte 2015). This paper aims to show that the American social policies, whose foundation is insensitive ideologies, make it extremely difficult...
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