Published in 1997, the aim of this study is to address comparative perspectives on gender and family life in western and eastern Europe. The focus is on the way in which family policy measures relating to the reconciliation of work and family are viewed and used by employed parents with small children. Another purpose is to consider how compatibility between family and employment is perceived by the parents, and its implications for partnership, gender balance, and parent-child relationships. The book also discusses the consequences and lessons which can be drawn from these studies for the purpose of family policy initiatives.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Attitudes of Families with Small Children: A Comparison of Eastern and Western Europe 1. Family Policy Measures – The Parents’ View, Gisela Anna Erler, Jürgen Sass 2. Life with Children and their Environment, Jürgen Sass 3. The Compatibility of Family and Work, Jürgen Sass, Monika Jaeckel 4. The Social Transformation Process in East Germany, Poland, Russia and Hungary, Barbara Bertram Part 2: National Reports 1. Swedish Dual Breadwinner Families: Gender, Class and Policy, Ulla Björnberg 2. Polish Families in the Transformational Period, Grazyna Firlit-Fesnak 3. Russian Parents: Redefining Gender Identity in Times of Crisis, Marina Arutiunyan, Olga Zdravomyslova 4. The Part-Time Employment Pattern in the Netherlands: A Reaction to a Lack of Explicit Family Policy, Sima Nieborg.