Translational effects of changing social protection in North China / Welfare State and gender hierarchy

La Fondation France-Japon a annoncé deux nouveaux intervenants dans le cadre du séminaire “Capitalism, Welfare Regime and Intimate Sphere: Theory of Human Reproduction in Mature Societies in Europe and East Asia” qui aura lieu à l’EHESS le mardi 5 avril 2016. Veuillez trouver ci-dessous les détails.

Translational effects of changing social protection in North China : emerging flow of migrants

Intervenante : Florence Levy, EHESS (14h-16h)

Since 30 years China has been experiencing huge transformations of its political economic and social regime. The impacts of these changes are not limited to the nation level. On the opposite, the introduction of capitalism and its consequences on the welfare regime play a major role in the emergence of a new migration flux linking northern Chinese cities to the Parisian region. Based on migrant’s retrospective testimonies on their living conditions in China before they left the country, this presentation will highlight how these social change have shaped this migration flux and its atypical composition.

Welfare State and gender hierarchy: which model after the male breadwinner model to promote equality?

Intervenante : Hélène Perivier, OFCE (16h-18h)

The French Welfare State was built historically on familialism. It was designed to promote the specialized married couple, the so-called “Male Breadwinner Model”. This model relied on social protections (pensions, health insurance…), taxation and legal framework that protect married couples and encourage wife to be specialized in Home production and husband in market production. Patriarchy was at the basis of this model, as originally the head of household, the father/husband, was the owner of social and tax rights and in charge of parental authority. During the 1970’s, this model has been reformed in several aspects under the pressure of the tremendous increase in female participation in the labour market, and feminist movements. Nevertheless, the old male breadwinner model has not been replaced by a new one that would promote gender equality. The decrease in marriages, increase in divorces and cohabitations has undermined the consistency of the French Welfare State. In the same time, the sexual division of labour has not disappeared: women are still in charge the most part of home production but do not benefit anymore from specific protections. The French Welfare State suffers from a lack of easy reading purpose and is still tied to the so-called traditional family. Social innovation is required to build a new social model that could promote gender equality and emancipation.


Mardi 5 avril 2016, 14h-18h


EHESS, salle 640 (190 Avenue de France 75013 Paris, 6ème étage)

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