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1st Edition

Women, Work and the Family in Europe

ISBN 9780415153515
Published August 13, 1998 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

These are just some of the questions this controverisal book asks in its analysis of the European labour markets. By bringing together contributions from all over Europe, Women, Work and the Family in Europe outlines the similarities and differences between countries in terms of the problems of reconciling work and family. In doing so it questions the division of labour, not just in the labour market but also in the home, reviewing, for example, fatherhood and the effect of work commitments on men's time spent with their families. Contributions range from a study of family policies to the care of the elderly; from home working to gender roles, motherhood and class. Clearly written, systematic and comprehensive, this book reflects the growing interest in the European context and will appeal to students of social policy and European studies as well as all those involved in women's studies and sociology. Ruth Emerek, University of Aalborg, Denmark, Susan Mc Rae, Oxford Brookes University, Yvonne Hirdman, Sweden, Eileen Drew and Evelyn Mahon, both at Trinity College,

Table of Contents

Secton 1: Re-conceptualising Families 1. Re-conceptualising Families 2. Changing family forms and the allocation of caring 3. State policy and gender contracts: The Swedish experience 4. Greek family policy from a comparative perspective 5. Recent changes in family policy in France 6. Paid work and care of older people: A UK perspective 7. Employment and family lives Secton II: Restructuring Labour Markets 8. Flexibility, Employment and Gender 9. Part-time working in a European perspective 10. Home working 11. Labour politics, economic flexibility and women's work: The Italian experience 12. A/Typical working time: Examples from Denmark 13. Workplace culture, family-supportive policies and gender differences Section III: Reconciling family and working life 14. Changing gender roles, state, work and family lives 15. The modernisation of motherhood 16. Class, mothers and equal opportunities to work 17. Working parents: Experience from the Netherlands 18. Are fathers changing? 19. Family orientation among men

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