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Work-Family Dynamics
Competing Logics of Regulation, Economy and Morals

ISBN 9780367872625
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
228 Pages

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Book Description

Work-life integration is an increasingly hot topic in the media, social research, governments and in people’s everyday lives. This volume offers a new type of lens for understanding work-family reconciliation by studying how work-family dynamics are shaped, squeezed and developed between consistent or competing logics in different societies in Europe and the US.

The three institutions of "state", "family" and "working life", and their under-explored primary logics of "regulation", "morality" and "economic competitiveness" are examined theoretically as well as empirically throughout the chapters, thus contributing to an understanding of the contemporary challenges within the field of work-family research that combines structure and culture. Particular attention is given to the ways in which the institutions are confronted with various moral norms of good parenthood or motherhood and ideals for family life. Likewise, the logic of policy regulation and gendered family moralities are challenged by the economic logic of working life, based on competition in favour of the most productive workers and organizations.

Demonstrating different aspects of what is behind and between the logics of state regulation, morals and market, this innovative volume will appeal to students, teachers and researchers interested in areas such as family studies, welfare state studies, social policy studies, work life studies as well as and gender studies.

Table of Contents


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  1. Integrating work and family: Changing institutions and competing logics

  2. Elin Kvande, Berit Brandth and Sigtona Halrynjo

    Part 1 Current challenges of work-family dynamics – institutional differences

  3. The logics of work, care and gender change in the new economy: A view from the U.S.

  4. Kathleen Gerson

  5. Managing work-life tensions in the neo-liberal UK

  6. Diane Perrons

  7. Work and family cultures: Dynamics of family change in Southern Europe

  8. Isabella Crespi and Almudena Moreno Mínguez

  9. Fathers integrating work and childcare: Reconciling the logics?

  10. Berit Brandth and Elin Kvande

    Part 2 Gendered logics and strategies of work and parenting

  11. When work meets childcare: The competing logics of mothering and gender equality

  12. Kristine Warhuus Smeby

  13. Making sense of motherhood and fatherhood: Competing moral discourses and logics of caring and work 'choices' in the UK

  14. Tina Miller

  15. Hidden rules and competing logics: Working fathers within organizations in Germany

  16. Mechtild Oechsle and Sandra Beaufaÿs


    Part 3 Competing logics intensified: Careers and elite professions

  17. Long hours and the work devotion schema: The case of executive men in the United States

  18. Mary Blair-Loy and Stacy J. Williams

  19. Nordic work-family regulations exported to a liberal context

  20. Gunnhild Foss Heggem and Elin Kvande

  21. Pregnancy as a career killer

  22. Hege Børve

  23. Exploring the career logic within the Nordic work-family model

Sigtona Halrynjo

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Berit Brandth is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

Sigtona Halrynjo (PhD Sociology) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo, Norway.

Elin Kvande ( Dr.polit. Sociology ) is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.