Both women and men strive to achieve a work and family balance, but does this imply more or less equality? Does the persistence of gender and class inequalities refute the notion that lives are becoming more individualised? Leading international authorities document how gender inequalities are changing and how many inequalities of earlier eras are being eradicated. However, this book shows there are new barriers and constraints that are slowing progress in attaining a more egalitarian society. Taking the new global economy into account, the expert contributors to this book examine the conflicts between different types of feminisms, revise old debates about `equality' and `difference' in the gendered nature of work and care, and propose new and innovative policy solutions.
This path-breaking book makes essential reading for all those interested in the intersections of class, family and employment in the 21st century. Students and researchers of sociology, gender studies and social policy, as well as practitioners and policy-makers interested in work-family balance, will find this book invaluable.
Edited by Jacqueline Scott, Professor of Empirical Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK, the late Rosemary Crompton, former Emeritus Professor of Sociology, City University London, UK and Clare Lyonette, Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research, Warwick University, UK
Contents: Introduction: What's New About Gender Inequalities in the 21st Century? Jacqueline Scott, Rosemary Crompton and Clare Lyonette PART I: FAMILY AND LABOUR MARKET CHANGE 1. Becoming Adult: The Persisting Importance of Class and Gender Ingrid Schoon 2. Class Reproduction, Occupational Inheritance and Occupational Choices Fiona Devine 3. Ethnic Differences in Women's Economic Activity: A Focus on Pakistani and Bangladeshi Women Angela Dale and Sameera Ahmed PART II: OCCUPATIONAL STRUCTURES AND WELFARE REGIMES 4. Gender and the Post-industrial Shift Janette Webb 5. Penalties of Part-time Work Across Europe Tracey Warren 6. Feminising Professions in Britain and France: How Countries Differ Nicky Le Feuvre PART III: THE CHALLENGE OF INTEGRATING FAMILY AND WORK 7. Gender Segregation and Bargaining in Domestic Labour: Evidence from Longitudinal Time-use Data Man Yee Kan and Jonathan Gershuny 8. Family, Class and Gender `Strategies' in Mothers' Employment and Childcare Rosemary Crompton and Clare Lyonette 9. Perceptions of Quality of Life: Gender Differences Across the Life Course Jacqueline Scott, Anke C. Plagnol and Jane Nolan PART IV: UNDERSTANDING INEQUALITIES 10. Within-Household Inequalities Across Classes? Management and Control of Money Fran Bennett, Jerome De Henau and Sirin Sung 11. Restructuring Gender Relations: Women's Labour Market Participation and Earnings Inequality Among Households Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund and Arne Mastekaasa PART V: CONFRONTING COMPLEXITY 12. Feminist Policies and Feminist Conflicts: Daddy's Care or Mother's Milk? Anne Lise Ellingsaeter 13. A Mysterious Commodity: Capitalism and Femininity Mary Evans Index