Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Drawing on both historical and contemporary European case-studies, this book offers an account of the relationship between gender and well-being. It focuses on key discussions of the changing conceptions of well-being from early twentieth century calculations of the relationship between income and the cost-of-living.
This is the first of four books based on a series of symposia, funded by the European Science Foundation under the auspices of COST (European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research). It draws on both historical and contemporary European case-studies to offer a sophisticated account of the relationship between gender and well-being. The authors focus on key discussions of the changing conceptions of well-being from early twentieth century calculations of the relationship between income and the cost-of-living, to more recent critiques from feminist writers. Their fascinating answers allow them to significantly challenge the issue with the idea that well-being is not identifiable with income or opulence but relates to more abstract concepts including capabilities, freedom, and agency of different women and men and will be of considerable interest to Sociologists of Health, Gender, Sexuality and Economics.
Preface, Cristina Borderias and Bernard Harris; Gender and well-being from the historical and contemporary perspective, Bernard Harris, Lina Galvez and Helena Machado; Section 1 Gender and Well-Being in the European Past: Gender-based economic inequalities and women's perceptions of well-being in historical populations, Richard Wall; Measuring gender well-being with biological welfare indicators, Avarinda Guntupalli and Jorg Baten; Anthropometric history, gender and the measurement of well-being, Bernard Harris; Gender and well-being in the Pyrenean stem-family system, Marie-Pierre Arrizabalaga; Overexploitation, malnutrition and stigma in a women's illness: chlorosis in contemporary Spanish medicine (1877-1936), Josep Bernabeu-Mestre, Maria E. Galiana, Ana P. Cid and Josep X. Esplugues; Changing terms of well-being: freedom, security and commitment on the agenda of Finnish nurses' associations, Heidi Haggren.; Section 2 Contemporary Perspectives on Gender and Well-Being: A proposal for a discrimination index for a non-neutral fiscal policy, Paloma Villota; Violent crime, gender inequalities and well-being: models based on capabilities and crime data for England and Wales, Paul Anand and Cristina Santos; Beyond equality: towards a system of non-androcentric indicators, Cristina Carrasco; Living and working conditions: perspectives, concepts and measures, Tindara Addabbo and Antonella Picchio; Incomplete women and strong men - accounts of infertility as a gendered construction of well-being, Helena Machado and Paula Remoaldo; Time to do and time to be? The use of residual time use as a gendered indicator of well-being, Claudine Sauvin-Dugerdil; Conclusions, Bernard Harris, Lina Galvez and Helena Machado; Index.