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Women and Working Lives,9780312068660

Women and Working Lives

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1/1/1992
Publisher(s): Palgrave Macmillan
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Women and Working Lives explores the interconnections between women's domestic lives and their paid employment, and shows how male definitions of work need to be reformulated.
Women's continued disadvantage in the labor market is examined through contemporary, cross-national, and historical research studies. Cross-national comparisons show how French mothers are advantaged by state and employer policies compared with British mothers. Contributors question the adequacy of male definitions of work for women, showing that women use a range of strategies, intimately connected with their domestic lives, to produce resources.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Notes on the Contributors
Re-assessing Women's Working Lives: An Introductory Essayp. 1
Women's Labour Market Position: Ideology and Social Policies
World War, Women's Work and the Gender Division of Paid Labourp. 17
Gender-role Attitudes in Britain and the USAp. 36
Money, Marriage and Motherhood: Dual Earner Households after Maternity Leavep. 54
Employment and Domestic Work: A Comparison of Samples of British and French Womenp. 71
Feminisation of the Labour Force in Britain and Francep. 89
Demographic Change and 'New Opportunities' for Women: The Case of Employers' Career Break Schemesp. 104
Women under Glasnost: An Analysis of 'Women's Place' in Contemporary Soviet Societyp. 118
Breaking Male Definitions of Work
Wives' and Husbands' Labour Market Participation and Household Resource Distribution in the Context of Middle-class Male Unemploymentp. 131
The Modern Cinderellas: Women and the Contract Cleaning Industry in Belfastp. 148
Women, Business and Self-employment: A Conceptual Minefieldp. 162
Trading Relationships: Home Selling and Petty Enterprise in Women's Livesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 190
Author Indexp. 204
Subject Indexp. 208
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