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Women, Work and Family in Britain and Germany

    232 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Many working women have to face a serious conflict between the demands of their work and the demands of family life. Changing perceptions about the role of women are making this conflict even more complicated. Innovative work patterns are needed to alleviate this conflict. Originally published in 1986, this book, based on extensive original research, examines how working women manage the ‘balancing act’ between family and work. It considers their attitudes to work, to their families and to their managers and fellow workers and it explores the role of trade unions, employers and the state. By drawing on data gathered in different countries and in different ‘styles’ of working environment it contrasts differing responses to the same basic conflict.

    List of Tables.  List of Charts.  Acknowledgements.  Part 1: Introduction  1. Time Management at Work and at Home T. Scarlett Epstein (Researcher)  Part 2: Women in the Retail Trade (Great Britain)  2. Women, Work and the Balancing Act Kate Crehan (Researcher)  3. Male Managers and Female Employees T. Scarlett Epstein (Researcher)  Part 3: Women in the Retail Trade (West Germany)  4. The German Debate Jurgen Sass (Researcher)  5. The Beck Department Store: A Case Study Annemarie Gerzer (Researcher)  Part 4: Some Participants’ Perception of the Problem  6. Working at the Superstore Joy Kuhn (Till Operator, BCS Superstore)  7. Living with a Family and Living with a Job Margeret Riedel (Sales Assistant, Beck Department Store)  8. Working with Women Angela Fauth (Personnel Manager, Beck Department Store)  9. Paid Work, Housework and the Work Ethic Dennis G. Higgs (Personnel Manager, BCS)  10. The Trade Union and the Conflict Between Work and Home Robert A. Hammond (Area Organisor, Southern Region, USDAW)  11. Living with the Union Sheila Morgan (Divisional Councillor, USDAW)  Part 5: Conclusion  12. How the Other Half Works Kate Crehan (Researcher).  Bibliography.


    T. Scarlett Epstein, Kate Crehan, Annemarie Gerzer, Jurgen Sass