Our Book of the Month Choice for February

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.


Handbook on Gender and Social Policy

edited by Sheila Shaver

Edward Elgar, 2018

Shelfmark: HQ1075.HAN 2018




Our Book of the Month choice for February has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics, Sociology and Social Policy & Intervention.

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because it provides an essential introduction to current debates on the intersections of Gender and Social Policy.

Book Overview

This handbook gathers together a range of original contributions and research from leading researchers. It covers the theoretical perspectives of the field, the central policy terrain of gender inequalities of income, employment and care, and family policy.

It covers the key areas of social policy that relate to the inequalities between men and women in the developed and developing world such as income, employment, care and family policy, same-sex marriage and child protection. It features chapters on key perspectives on gender and policy and six original studies of the state of play in different global regions.

Overall this collection considers gender and social policy at both the regional and national level and serve as an excellent resource for scholars of sociology, political science, women’s studies, policy studies as well as practitioners seeking to understand how gender shapes the contours of social policy and politics.


“This is a sparkling and absorbing collection. The Handbook provides both case studies of specific countries and overviews of key policy areas.”

Jane Millar, University of Bath, and UK Social Policy Association

“…should be in the collection of every student of social policy – those who have specialized in gender issues and everyone else – for a key strength of the collection is the engagement across the multiple theoretical and empirical traditions of comparative welfare state research.”

Ann Shola Orloff, Northwestern University, USA

Where can I find it?

We have one Short Loan copy, which can be borrowed and an additional copy that is for Library Use Only. The Library Use Only copy is currently displayed on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it from the display to have a look at it. The shelfmark for the title is HQ1075.HAN 2018

We also have an electronic legal deposit copy of the title. Online access for this material is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries. A link to it can be found on SOLO.

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

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