Riding the roller coaster: Family life and self-employment (Family and Work Series)

Riding the roller coaster: Family life and self-employment (Family and Work Series)

By: Susan Baines (author), Ulrike Gelder (author), Jane Wheelock (author)Paperback

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This report takes a critical look at the costs and benefits for individuals and families of turning to self-employment as a route out of economic disadvantage. Drawing on in-depth interviews with self-employed people, their partners and children, the report argues that self-employment is much more likely to be a household rather than an individual undertaking. It makes the case for the need to consider work-life balance in relation to the self-employed.

About Author

Susan Baines is a Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Social and Business Informatics and Jane Wheelock is Professor of Socio-Economics in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, both at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Ulrike Gelder is a Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the School of Education, University of Plymouth.


Introduction; Context and policy background; Entering self-employment; Making a livelihood; Caring for children in small-business households; Time, work and space in self-employed households; The experience of children; Conclusions and policy implications.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781861345035
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 68
  • ID: 9781861345035
  • ISBN10: 1861345038

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