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E-enabled active welfare: creating the context for work-life balance?

Lookup NU author(s): Sarah Walsh, Dr Susan Baines, James Cornford


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Contemporary societies are characterised by new and more flexible working patterns, new family structures and widening social divisions. This book explores how these macro-level changes affect the micro organisation of daily life, with reference to working patterns and gender divisions in Northern and Western Europe and the United States. Through detailed comparative analysis and case studies from France, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US, this collection demonstrates how, despite globalisation and the spread of neo-liberalism, states still exercise some autonomy in terms of the implementation of equalities and 'city time' policies. These policies affect people's capacity to organise their daily lives and ameliorate the adverse impact of new working patterns. However, the authors also show that, despite the proliferation of work-life balance policies which potentially encourage a greater reconciliation of caring and paid work, inequalities in the distribution of paid work and caring between men and women remain remarkably resilient. Bringing together academic analysis and policy studies, "Gender Divisions and Working Time in the New Economy" will appeal to students and scholars of comparative social policy, economic sociology, economic geography and sociology. In particular, those with an interest in issues of employment relationships, gender, welfare states, working time, work-life balance and 'city time' will find the book to be of great value.

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Author(s): Walsh S, Baines S, Cornford JR

Editor(s): Perrons D; McDowell L; Fagan C; Ray K; Ward K

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Gender Divisions and Working Time in the New Economy: Public Policy and Changing Patterns of Work in Europe and North America

Year: 2006

Pages: 183-192

Series Title: Globalization and Welfare

Publisher: Edward Elgar

Place Published: Cheltenham, UK


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ISBN: 184720497X