HELP spokesman Paul Kershaw seeks neo-liberal state coersion of parents’ child rearing decisions.

HELP spokesman Paul Kershaw seeks neo-liberal state coersion of parents’ child rearing decisions.

Read excerpts from chapter 10, “Carefair: Gendering Citizenship ‘Neo-Liberal’ Style (google books),” by Paul Kershaw, leading spokesperson at Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) and leading child/family policy advisor, in the 2008 book Gendering the Nation-State:

2008. Yasmeen Abu-Laban. UBC Press – book: Gendering the Nation State: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives

Kershaw advocates for state coercion regarding who cares for our children. He believes that women choose to do more unpaid care work because they are victims of patriarchal conditioning and need to be forced free of that by the state. He wants the state to force men to do more unpaid care work. He supports coercive ‘workfare’ policies as the model to build on.

He does not advocate financing unpaid care work to address the financial cost to women who do this, or including these women in policy-making to address their marginalization.