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

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
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
The Work of Cabin Crew : The Relation between Work and Family (or personal) Life and the Working Conditions
Anne GILLET, CNAM-LISE-CNRS, France; Diane-Gabrielle TREMBLAY, Téluq, Crises, Canada
Young French Women in Managerial Occupations: A Time Availability Perspective
Arnaud DUPRAY, Céreq, France; Dominique EPIPHANE, Céreq, France
How Flexibility and Control Affect Stress in the Work-Family Interface: A National Longitudinal Study of Canadian Workers
Philip BADAWY, University of Toronto, Canada; Scott SCHIEMAN, University of Toronto, Canada
Inequalities in Fathers’ Access to Work Flexibility: Evidence from the UK
Rose COOK, UCL University College London, United Kingdom; Margaret O'BRIEN, University College London, United Kingdom
Work and Family Balance: Challenges Faced By Rural Women from Microfinance Groups
Aditi DEY SARKAR, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
Distributed Papers
“a Woman’s Voice on the Phone Matters”: Gendered Nature of Worklife in Logistic Sector in Turkey
What Happens When Work and Family Spheres Are Reintegrated? Quantitative Analysis of Unpaid Housework Among Women Home-Based Workers in Canada
Lisa KAIDA, McMaster University, Canada; Kathleen FITZPATRICK, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Taking Care of Others’ Work-Family Balance : The Case of Family Child Care Providers in France
Pascal BARBIER, Universite Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France; Pauline SEILLER, Université de Caen, France; Caroline BERTRON, Université de Caen, France
The Impact of Gender Specific Occupational Values on the Choice of a Flexible Employment
Ines ENTGELMEIER, University of Duisburg Essen, Faculty of Sociology, Germany; Anne BUSCH-HEIZMANN, University of Duisburg Essen, Faculty of Sociology, Germany
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