A Life in Balance?: Reopening the Family-Work Debate

A Life in Balance?: Reopening the Family-Work Debate

By: Justyna Sempruch (editor), Catherine Krull (editor)Hardback

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Magazine articles, talk shows, and commercials advise us that our happiness and well-being rest on striking a balance between work and family. It goes unsaid, however, that the advice is based on an outmoded and unrealistic ideal. This provocative volume challenges the notion - often offered in support of neo-liberal agendas - that paid work (employment) and unpaid work (caregiving and housework) are separate and competing spheres, rather than overlapping aspects of a single existence. Alternative approaches to integrating work and family must be taken into account if we hope to build truly equitable family and childcare policies.

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Catherine Krull is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the Cultural Studies Program at Queen's University, cross-appointed to Women's Studies, and is an associate dean in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Justyna Sempruch is a researcher at the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Contributors: Patrizia Albanese, Donna Baines, Maureen Baker, Andrea Doucet, Ann Duffy, Margrit Eichler, Bonnie Freeman, Judy Fudge, Margaret Hillyard Little, Nancy Mandell, Susan A. McDaniel, Norene Pupo, Sue Wilson


Introduction: Diversifying the Model, Demystifying the Approach: The Work-Family Debate Reopened / Catherine Krull and Justyna Sempruch Part 1: Transcending the Prevailing Myths 1 Destabilizing the Nuclear Family Ideal: Thinking Beyond Essentialisms, Universalism, and Binaries / Catherine Krull 2 Intergenerational Care Work: Mothering, Grandmothering, and Eldercare / Nancy Mandell and Sue Wilson 3 Maternal Employment, Childcare, and Public Policy / Maureen Baker Part 2: Integrating Family and Work 4 Work, Care, Resistance, and Mothering: An Indigenous Perspective / Donna Baines and Bonnie Freeman 5 "I Am the Patient and Compassionate Cashier": Learning through Unpaid Household Work for Paid Work / Margrit Eichler 6 Employment in the New Economy and the Impact on Canadian Families / Ann Duffy and Norene Pupo 7 What Impedes Fathers' Participation in Care Work? Theorizing the Community as an Institutional Arena / Andrea Doucet 8 Addressing the Interlocking Complexity of Paid Work and Care: Lessons from Changing Family Policy in Quebec / Patrizia Albanese Part 3: Feminist-Informed Family Initiatives and Family Visions 9 Beyond the "Cultural" Landscape of Care: Queering Childcare, Caregiver, and Work / Justyna Sempruch 10 Working-Time Regimes, Flexibility, and Work-Life Balance: Gender Equality and Families / Judy Fudge 11 The Increasing Invisibility of Mothering / Margaret Hillyard Little Epilogue: A Feminist Vision for Caring-Employment Integration in Canada / Susan A. McDaniel References; List of Contributors; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/02/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780774819671
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780774819671
  • weight: 544
  • ISBN10: 0774819677

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