Carolyn Baylies is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Her publications include The History of the Yorkshire Miners, 1881-1918 (Routledge, 1992). Her current research interests are gender and HIV/AIDS in Zambia and Tanzania and the impact of political conditionality on processes of democratization in Zambia.

Elizabeth Bortolaia Silva is Research Fellow and runs the Gender Analysis and Policy Unit in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Formerly she taught in the United States at Brown University and at the University of Campinas in Brazil. Her publications include Refazendo a Fabrica Fordista (Remaking the Fordist Factory) (Hucitec/Fapesp, Sao Paulo, 1991). Her current ESRC funded research is on innovation patterns of household technologies and gender relations in households.

Louie Burghes is a Senior Research Officer at the Family Policy Studies Centre, in London. Her publications include Single Lone Mothers: Problems, Prospects and Policies (FPSC, 1995), Lone Parenthood and Family Disruption: The Outcomes for Children (FPSC, 1994), One-Parent Families: Policy Options for the 1990s (Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 1993). She is now working on a review of fathers and fatherhood in contemporary Britain.

Simon Duncan is Lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies, Bradford University, and Associate Fellow of the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics. He is co-author of Success and Failure in European Housing (Pergamon, 1994), and co­editor of and contributor to The Diverse Worlds of European

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Patriarchy (Pion, 1994). His current research interests focus on lone mothers and paid work, and on European systems of patriarchy.

Rosalind Edwards is a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Sciences Research Centre, South Bank University. Her research interests focus on mothers and education, child care initiatives and lone mother families, as well as feminist and qualitative methodologies. She is author of Mature Women Students (Taylor & Francis, 1993), co­author of and contributor to Mothers and Education: Inside Out? (Macmillan, 1993), and the Women’s Studies International Forum Special Issue on ‘Women in Families and Households: Qualitative Research’, 1995, vol. 18, no. 3).

Lorraine M. Fox Harding is a lecturer in Social Policy in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Her books include Perspectives in Child Care Policy (Longman, 1991) and Family, State and Social Policy (Macmillan, 1996). She has also published various articles on child-care law and policy in Britain. Her current research is on ‘family values’, fathering patterns and changing gender roles.

Mary McIntosh is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex. Her publications include The Organisation of Crime (Macmillan, 1975), The Anti-social Family (Verso, 1982, with M. Barrett), and Sex Exposed: Sexuality and the Pornography Debate (Virago, 1992, editor with L. Segal). Her current research interests are in gender and sexual identities.

Kirk Mann is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. He is author of The Making of an English ‘Underclass’? (Open University Press, 1992) and has written extensively on social divisions and welfare for a number of academic journals.

Jane Millar is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath. Her main research interests are family and employment change and social security policy. She is the UK representative on the European Commission Observatory on Family Policy. Recent publications include The Politics of the Family (Avebury, 1996, editor with Helen Jones), Lone-Parent Families in the UK (HMSO, 1991, with

Jonathan Bradshaw) and Women and Poverty in Britain: The 1990s (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992, editor with Caroline Glendinning).

Henrietta L. Moore is Reader in Anthropology and Director of the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics, University of London. She has published extensively on anthropology and feminist theory. She is author of Feminism and Anthropology (Polity Press, 1988) and A Passion for Difference (Polity Press, 1994).

Ann Phoenix is a lecturer in psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her books include Young Mothers? (Polity Press, 1991) and Motherhood: Meanings, Practices, Ideologies (Sage, 1991, jointly edited with Anne Woollett and Eva Lloyd). She is currently researching the social identities of young Londoners.

Sasha Roseneil is University Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Leeds, where she was previously a lecturer in Sociology. She is author of Disarming Patriarchy: Feminism and Political Action at Greenham (Open University Press, 1995), and co­editor, with Gabriele Griffin, Marianne Hester and Shirin Rai, of Stirring It: Challenges for Feminism (Taylor & Francis, 1994). She is currently writing a book entitled Common Women, Uncommon Lives, which will be published in 1997 by Cassell.

Carol Smart is Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds; she was formerly at the University of Warwick. She is author of Feminism and the Power of Law (Routledge, 1989) and Law, Crime and Sexuality (Sage, 1995) and editor of Regulating Motherhood (Routledge, 1992). She is currently working on an ESRC-funded project on households in transition, which builds on her work on gender and socio-legal studies.