Women of the European Union challenges gender-blind assessments of the economic and social aspects of the European Union policies to examine the real implications of Union for the diversity of women in the Member States.
The authors also analyze how women's work and daily lives are shaped by local and national policies, by local and global economic conditions, and by diverse and changing cultural values.
Detailed contemporary case studies explore how place comes together with class, life stage, sexuality and ethnicity to affect the way in which women are constrained and how they develop strategies to manage their lives.
1. Placing Women of the European Union Janice Monk and Maria Dolors Garcia-Ramon 2. The Geography of Gender and Welfare in Europe Eleonore Kofman and Rosemary Sales 3. Women's Work and Everyday Life in Southern Europe in the Context of European Intergration Dina Vaiou 4. The Diverse Worlds of European Patriarchy Simon Duncan 5. An Equal Place to Work? Anti-Lesbian Discrimination and Sexual Citizenship in the European Union Gill Valentine 6. Family Policies and Working Mothers: A Comparison of France and West Germany Jeanne Fagnani 7. At the Centre on the Periphery? Women in the Portuguese Labour Market Isabel Margarida Andre 8. Contrasting Developments in Female Labour Force Participation in East and West Germany Since 1945 Jurgen Schmude 9. The Politics of Cultural Identity: Thai Women in Germany Eva Humbeck 10. From Informal Flexibility to the New Organization of Time Paola Vinay 11. City and Suburb: Contexts for Dutch Women's Work and Daily Lives Joos Drooglever Fortuijn 12. Family, Gender and Urban Life: Stability and Change in a Copenhagen Neighbourhood Kristen Simonsen 13. Regional Welfare Policies and Women's Agricultural Labour in Southern Spain Maria Dolors Garcia-Ramon and Josephina Cruz 14. Women's Integration into the Labour Market and Rural Industrialization in Spain Ana Sabate-Martinez