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

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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.

Review
“The main objective of this complex book is to examine the changes in the articulation between employment and the family in contemporary Western societies, together with its main consequences.” – Evelyne Lapierre-Adamcyk, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online

“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 text refers to the printed_access_code edition.
Book Description
The employment of women, particularly mothers, is now accepted as a ‘fact of modern life’. This book examines the origins and background of this radical shift in the gendered division of labour and relates it to contemporary changes in both employment and family life with which it is intertwined. –This text refers to the printed_access_code edition.

Product Key Features
Subject Area Social Work, Children & Family
Format Paperback
Publication Year 2006
Number of Pages 252 Pages

Dimensions
Item Height 229mm
Item Width 154mm
Item Weight 415g

Additional Product Features
Book Title Employment and the Family: the Reconfiguration of Work and Family Life in Contemporary Societies
Author Rosemary Crompton
Country/Region of Manufacture United Kingdom

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