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Employment and the Family
The Reconfiguration of Work and Family Life in Contemporary Societies


  • Date Published: March 2006
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521600750

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  • Rates of employment amongst mothers of young children have risen rapidly in recent years. Attitudes to gender roles have changed, and both employers and governments have had to adjust to new realities. But some argue that recent changes in employment relations are making work more family 'unfriendly'. What are the real consequences of change? Rosemary Crompton explores the origins and background of this radical shift in the gendered division of labour. Topics covered include the changing attitudes to gender roles and family life, the gendered organisational context, and recent changes in employment relations and their impact on work-life articulation. A comparative analysis of Britain, France, Norway, Finland, the United States and Portugal provides an assessment of the varying impact of state policies, and the changing domestic division of labour. Crompton draws on original research and situates her findings within contemporary theoretical and empirical debates.

    • Author is a well-known sociologist who has published extensively in the areas of employment, class and stratification
    • Draws on original empirical research
    • Makes recommendations for policy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A comparative analysis of the United Kingdom, France, Norway, Finland, the United States and Portugal provides an assessment of the varying impact of state policies, and the changing domestic division of labour.' International Social Security Review

    'A useful, important and well-written study, sure to be of value to those interested in work-family issues and gender equality.' Work and Occupations

    '…a critically engaging and theoretically rigorous read.' Sociology

    'This book is a valuable companion for anyone wanting to know about the interactions between paid work and family life. Its highly readable style and pertinence to so many people's live mean that its audience will include interested lay people - as well as students, academics, researchers and policy makers.' British Journal of Industrial Relations

    '… this is an important and useful book for students at different levels and disciplines, but also for a wider set of readers seeking deeper insights into how life is affected by contemporary developments in work and politics.' Acta Sociologica

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521600750
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.415kg
    • contains: 34 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Understanding change in employment, family and gender relations
    2. Caring and working
    3. Women, men, organisations and careers
    4. Work-life articulation, working hours, and work-life policies
    5. States, families, and work-life articulation
    6. Households, domestic work, market work, and happiness
    7. Class, family choices, and women's employment
    8. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Rosemary Crompton, City University London
    Rosemary Crompton is Professor of Sociology at City University, London. Her previous publications include Restructuring Gender Relations and Employment (1999), Class and Stratification (1998), Women and Work in Modern Britain (1997) and Gendered Jobs and Social Change (1990). She is a past editor of Work, Employment and Society.

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