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Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance : A Comparative Study in Four European Countries - Margret Fine-Davis

Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance

A Comparative Study in Four European Countries

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At the risk of sounding frivolous, there is a good case to be made for the argument that women constitute the revolutionary force behind contemporary social and economic transformation. It is in large part the changing role of women that explains the new household structure, our altered demographic behaviour, the growth of the service economy and, as a consequence, the new dilemmas that the advanced societies face. Most European countries have failed to adapt adequately to the novel challenges and the result is an increasingly serious disequilibrium. Women explicitly desire economic independence and the societal collective, too, needs to maximise female employment. And yet, this runs up against severe incompatibility problems that then result in very low birth rates. Our aging societies need more kids, yet fertility levels are often only half of what citizens define as their desired number of children. No matter what happens in the next decade, we are doomed to have exceedingly small cohorts that, in turn, must shoulder the massive burden of supporting a retired baby-boom generation. Hence it is tantamount that tomorrow's adults be maximally productive and, yet, the typical EU member state invests very little in its children and families.

"This excellent cross-national study unambiguously shows that a truly workable and positive social equilibrium needs more than public support for mothers. It needs, somehow or other, to equalise the employment and caring roles of men and women alike . . . What Fathers and Mothers helps us to realise is that no workable social equilibrium can materialise unless we somehow begin to also reconstruct the male life course."
(Gosta Esping-Andersen)

Preface
Gosta Esping-Andersen
Acknowledgements
Notes On Authors
List Of Tables In Text
List Of Figures In Text
List Of Tables In Appendix
Introduction:- Overview of Book
France:- Setting The Context: French Family And Childcare Policies
Childcare Allowances: Reducing The Costs Of Childcare For Working Parents
Parental Leave And Child-Rearing Benefit
Attitudinal Studies
Workplace Policies In France
New Challenges: Is There A Predicament For Family Policy?
Italy:- National Social Policies
Workplace Policies-Objective Measures
Attitudinal Studies-Subjective Measures
Studies On Gender Role Attitudes
Denmark:- Denmark By Numbers
Danish Rules Of Leave
Leave And The Labour
Gender And Working Life In Workplace Cultures
Scandinavian Equality Model(S)
Ireland:- National Social Policies
Current Status Of Family-Friendly Arrangements In Irish Workplaces
Childcare In Ireland: An Historical Perspective And Current Policy Issues
Attitudinal Studies: Changing Gender Roles And Social Policies In Ireland
A Comparison Of The Four Countries: An Overview:- Women's Labour Force Participation
Relationships Between Fertility And Employment
Comparative Social Policies
Flexible Working
Gender Roles And Attitudes
Research On Fathering
Conclusion
Methodology:- Method
Characteristics Of The Sample
Children And Family Life:- The Effect Of The Birth Of The Youngest Child On Work And Family Life
Division Of Labour Within The Household
Childcare. Time Preferences
The Workplace:- Workplace Demographics
Changes In Work Following The Birth Of The Youngest Child
Potential For Flexibility
Perceptions Of Workplace Attitudes
Workplace Policies
Combining Work And Family Life:- Reconciling Work And Family
Well-Being. Correlates Of Well-Being
Summary And Discussion:- Background
The Study. Children And Family Life
The Workplace. Combining Work And Family Life
Conclusions And Social Policy Implications
Tables
Questionnaire
References
Author Index
Index
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ISBN: 9781402018077
ISBN-10: 140201807X
Series: Social Indicators Research Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 31st March 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.59