Competition of Discourses in the Change of Childcare Policy in Taiwan
This research focuses on the Childcare Policy Alliance since its establishment in 2005, including three women’s organisations and trade unions of child carers. With the research methods of discourse analysis of documents and publications of these four groups and child care policies and interviews of key members in these groups, this article aims to examine how the Childcare Policy Alliance transform the public provision of child care in Nordic model in order to construct discourse of ‘public governance’ of child care and how these women employ strategies to promote their discourse and compete with different discourses of child care, including familialism highlighting ‘mothers as best carers’ and neo-liberalist and captialist ideology of ‘limiting the state’s intervention of the market’ and ‘competition at an young age’.
Following transnational feminists’ agenda, I pay attention to local complexities of feminist struggles over boundary of public/private and production/reproduction. By examination of discourses competition in childcare policy change, this research results can have further dialogues with feminist social welfare research and social welfare movement studies.