Race, ethnicity and welfare states : an American dilemma? / edited by Pauli Kettunen, Sonya Michel, Klaus Petersen.

  • Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA : Edward Elgar Publishing, [2015]
  • ©2015
xxv, 261 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


Globalization and welfare [More in this series]
Summary note
Gunnar Myrdal's 'An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy' persuaded many scholars that the United States failed to develop a robust welfare state because of its ethnic and racial heterogeneity, and, conversely, that homogeneity was a precondition for the creation of strong welfare states in European, especially Nordic, countries. With increasing diversity now challenging these welfare states, the kind of 'dilemma' that Myrdal identified no longer appears to be solely an American one. In this interdisciplinary volume, leading and emerging scholars examine the relationship between homogeneity and welfare state development. They trace Myrdal's influence on thinking about race in the US and explore current European states' approaches to the strangers in their midst, and what social citizenship looks like from a global perspective. Students and scholars of contemporary welfare states in the social sciences and policy studies will find this to be an insightful read, as the book challenges current perceptions. It will also be of interest to policy makers and practitioners looking to examine the historical context behind the politics of welfare states in the US and Scandinavia.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Introduction: An American Dilemma? / Pauli Kettunen, Sonya Michel, and Klaus Petersen
  • PART I. MYRDAL IN HIS TIME 1. Swedish Roots to Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma (1944) / Maribel Morey
  • 2. Gunnar Myrdal's New Deal / Alice O'Connor
  • PART II. DIVERSITY IN THE MAKING OF WELFARE STATES. 3. America's Segregated State: How the Federal Government Shaped America's Racial and Welfare Orders / Desmond King
  • 4. The US Welfare State's Punishment of Black Women's Childbearing and Care Giving / Dorothy Roberts
  • 5. Immigration and the Nordic Welfare State: A Tense Companionship / Grete Brochmann
  • PART III EUROPE'S CURRENT DILEMMA. 6. Collective Threats and Individual Rights: Political Debates on Marriage Migration to Finland / Saara Pellander
  • 7. An American Dilemma in Europe? Welfare Reform and Immigration / Romana Careja, Patrick Emmenegger and Jon Kvist
  • 8. Ethnic Diversity and Popular Attitudes Towards the Nordic Welfare State / Helena Blomberg-Kroll
  • 9. Discourses on Muslims and Welfare Across the Atlantic / Abdulkader H. Sinno, Eren Tatari, Scott Williamson, Antje Schwennicke and Hicham Bou Nassif
  • PART IV THE AMERICAN DILEMMA GOES GLOBAL. 10. Permanent and Transitional Guest Workers: Variations of Partial Citizenship among Migrant Filipina Domestic Workers in the Diaspora / Rhacel Salazar Parreñas
  • 11. The Transnational Social Question: Cross-Border Social Protection and Social Inequalities / Thomas Faist.
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