aIn all research, the choice of object is primary and decisive. This refers to the set of c- cepts which determines the delimitation among the totality of phenomena of those selected as objects of analysisa(Topalov 1979: 446). In this quote Topalov addresses the afundamental illusiona of empiricist research approaches: that objects of inquiry are self-evident givens. The rejection of this - piricist aillusionaconstitutes the foundation of this thesis. This thesis modifies a c- textual social constructionist paradigm of inquiry and combines it with a feminist standpoint in the analysis of policies claimed to be aimed at reconciling paid - ployment and care work in Germany from 1998 to 2005. 1.1 Genesis of the study The present study developed out of three interrelated strands of our intellectual - riosity which evolved, triggered by an engagement with a discipline unique to the UK in its approach, Social Policy. First, in what can be described as a fruitful int- lectual adaptation process to a new discipline, an initial interest in welfare state transformation in Eastern Europe developed into a keen interest in family policies.Construing the a#39;Problema#39; of the Incompatibility of Paid Employment and Care Work Cornelius Grebe ... Becka#39;s idea of a new a#39;civic worka#39; located between the state and private sector could lead to care work being organised in this new sector.
|Title||:||Reconciliation Policy in Germany 1998-2008|
|Publisher||:||Springer Science & Business Media - 2010-11-18|