Labour Markets and Welfare States in Transition: Barriers and Opportunities for Work-Family Balance and Gender Equality Part I

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC06 Family Research (host committee)

Language: English

Over the last decades important societal developments have altered the situation for family practices. Increasing numbers of women in education and the work force, the new role of fathers as caregivers as well as providers and the expansion of family-friendly policies. These developments point towards more family-friendly and gender equal societies. However, labour markets, as well as welfare states, are undergoing major transitions facing increasing global competition, insecurity and pressure for continuously increased productivity.  These challenges have introduced great polarization among employees resulting from the fragmentation in employment arrangements and differential quality of jobs. These trends appeared concurrently with young adults’ unemployment even among university graduates, waves of immigrations and workers’ mobility. The reduced quality of jobs offered to men and women in service and caring occupations has defied men’s and women’s ability to provide for their families creating new forms of inter-generational inter-dependencies. Thus, conflicting demands and rationalities of work, family and welfare states might collide even in societies with extensive family-friendly policies.  As modern working life and family life has become more individualized and flexible with less clear boundaries, debates about work- family dynamics have expanded.  This session welcome papers analysing barriers and opportunities for work-family reconciliation and gender equality in the changing labour markets and welfare states. Papers addressing the interactions between policies, ideologies, practices are specifically welcome.
Session Organizer:
Isabella CRESPI, University of Macerata, Italy
Isabella CRESPI, University of Macerata, Italy
Oral Presentations
Family-Work Balance in Low-Income Couples in Quebec
Annabelle SEERY, Université de Montréal, Canada
Fathers' parental leave as a matter of negotiation
Gesche BRANDT, German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies, Germany
Attitudinal Parental Childcare Options in South Europe. the Case of Spain.
Almudena MORENO MINGUEZ, University of Valladolid, Spain; Marta ORTEGA-GASPAR, University of Málaga, Spain; Carlos GAMERO-BURÓN, University of Málaga, Spain
Distributed Papers
Work-Life Balance through the Prism of Biography: A Case of Russian Middle-Class Women
Polina SAZONOVA, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The Influence of Women’s Commuting on the Distribution of Household Labor
Anna STENPASS, University of Hamburg, Germany; Stefanie KLEY, University of Hamburg, Germany
Juggling Two Jobs (and a family): Working Time and Work-Life Balance
Lena HÜNEFELD, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Germany; Anne Marit WÖHRMANN, Federal Institute of Occupational Health and Medicine, Germany
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