Women's employment is on the increase throughout Europe, and more women are going into managerial and professional ocupations. These changes are both cause and consequence of wider changes in the family, relations between the sexes, and social attitudes more generally. However, differences in national policies and attitudes mean that trends in women's employment show considerable variation across Europe.
Restructuring Gender Relations and Employment investigates the differences in women's employment across Europe and explores the possibilities and limits of structural change and development. The book seeks to develop a new framework for the investigation of the changing mosaic of employment, family lives, and gender relations in contemporary Europe.
Rosemary Crompton is a Professor of Sociology at City University, London
1. The Decline of the Male Breadwinner: Explanations and Interpretations ; 2. Obligations and Autonomy in Social Welfare ; 3. Dual Breadwinners: Between State and Market ; 4. The Modernization of Family and Motherhood in Western Europe ; 5. Women, Men And Non-Standard Employment: Recent Developments in the Sexual Division of Breadwinning and Caregiving in Germany, Italy and the UK ; 6. Attitudes, Women's Employment and the Changing Domestic Division of Labour: A Cross-National Analysis ; 7. Employment, Careers and Families: The Significance of Choice and Constraint in Women's Lives ; 8. Gender, Occupational Feminisation and Reflexivity: A Cross-National Perspective ; 9. The Restructuring of Gender Relations Within the Medical Professions: Theoretical and Empirical Implications ; 10. Discussion and Conclusions