This paper reviews the moral agenda of Thatcherism, in terms of maintaining traditional family structures, family roles and family responsibilities for economic support and personal care of family members.
It asks to what extent and in what ways this agenda was promoted during the eighteen years of Conservative rule ; to what extent contradictory forces within Thatcherism and elsewhere undermined this agenda ; and what have been the consequences for women in family and public life.
The marketization of life, pursued under Thatcherism, contributed to undermining the family form which has traditionally underpinned the market.
Deregulated labour markets and spreading owner-occupation in an unstable housing market have been important contriburtions to family breakdown, insecurity and women's access - to and need for - jobs.
The idea of family responsibility was promulgated, but in practice family memebers have become less able to support each other.
Nevertheless, one consequence of these changes has been a stonger position for women as women by the end of the Conservative era.
Access to paid work makes a woman less dependent within families and improves their access to public politics.
Social policies geared to the Beveridge-type family had become increasingly threadbare and some changes - such as policies enabling lone mothers to do paid work - had been forced by the increasing mismatch between family realities and the Beveridge model... (R. A).
Mots-clés Pascal : Protection sociale, Marché, Emploi, Femme, Milieu familial, Parti politique, Royaume Uni, Politique logement, Libéralisme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Welfare aids, Markets, Employment, Woman, Family environment, Political party, United Kingdom, Housing policy, Liberalism
Notice produite par :
ENSP - Ecole nationale de la santé publique (devenue EHESP)
Cote : 97/09 V
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 13/02/1998.