The "Work/Family Challenge" in Intensive Work Contexts - Session 2/3

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC30 Sociology of Work (host committee)

Language: English

From a scientific point of view, the link between work and family has been an enduring focus for social research. This interest is due to the historical separation of the sphere of work and the sphere of family. Since the mid-nineties the ‘work-family challenge’ has become particularly prominent. This rise of interest is connected to contemporary socio-economic transformations: flexible working hours, feminisation of the labour market, intensification of work practices, mobility of the labour force, changing family composition and structure, the ageing population… The relationship between the worlds of employment and family/personal life is becoming a major issue for many people who have to ‘juggle’ with competing professional and other needs.

Since the beginning of twenty first Century several authors have studied the contradictions between globalisation and work intensification, and the need for time to care for children and others, in gender equitable ways. Intensification of work is commonly experienced by working families in a particular demanding, competitive and pressured context. For many workers there are no work/life balance, but conflicts and tensions in intensive work contexts where labour is physically, psychologically and socially destructive. The professional and domestic spheres are closely articulated. The current emphasis on the relationship between work and family (and personal life) is understandable in this respect.

This call for papers intends to address this issue from various points of view, including the role of economic and industrial policies, professions and occupations, working conditions and new patterns of productive work, the gender and intersectional perspectives, etc.

Session Organizers:
Bernard FUSULIER, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium and Diane-Gabrielle TREMBLAY, University of Quebec (Teluq), Canada
Oral Presentations
Fathers’ Work and Housework in Japan: Focusing on Deadline Pressure
Shingou IKEDA, Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training, Japan
A Defence of an Ethics of Care in Academia.
Ester CONESA CARPINTERO, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Gendered Work-Family Conflict: Long-Distance, Commuter, and Proximal Partnerships
Krista BRUMLEY, Wayne State University, USA; Shirin MONTAZER, Wayne State University, USA; Katheryn MAGUIRE, Wayne State University, USA; Boris BALTES, Wayne State University, USA; Jamie COBB, Wayne State University, USA
Working Anytime, Anywhere: Digitalization and the Work/Family Challenge in the Crowdworking Sector
Dominik KLAUS, University of Vienna, Austria; Johanna HOFBAUER, Department of Sociology, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Distributed Papers
Coping with Intensive Scientific and Academic Careers: A Gendered Work/Family Interference
Bernard FUSULIER, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Women As Teachers and Researchers : Which Strategies to Stay in the Race ?
Sophie DEVINEAU, University of Rouen - Dysolab, France; François FÉLIU, University of Rouen - Dysolab, France; Camille COUVRY, University of Rouen - Dysolab, France
Balancing Work and Family Life with Home-Based Telework? Perspectives of German Employees in Different Occupations
Alexandra MERGENER, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Germany
Father-Friendly Workplaces: Possibilities and Barriers for Balancing Male Work and Involvement in the Care of Children
Teresa JURADO-GUERRERO, UNED - Madrid, Spain; Paco ABRIL, Universitat de Girona, Spain; Victoria BOGINO, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain; Carmen BOTIA-MORILLAS, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain; Jordi M. MONFERRER, Universidad a Distancia de Madrid (UDIMA), Spain
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