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Young Adult Women, Work and Family : Living a Contradiction - Maureen Padfield

Young Adult Women, Work and Family

Living a Contradiction

Hardcover Published: 18th August 1998
ISBN: 9780720123364
Number Of Pages: 272

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This text is an exploration of the interplay between employment and domestic relations within a specific group of young women, which includes single working women without children and working mothers. It is based on actual experiences, as related in interviews, and uses longitudianl data to chart the experience of young adult women living a contradiction between work and family. The text also employs social theory to interpret interview data showing the interdependence of young women as active agents, and the constraints and opportunities of the social structure. The main conclusion is that the social structuring of women as primarily mothers who also work is falling away, but that it is left to individuals to work their way through the contradictory system facing them.

List of tablesp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Glossary of educational qualificationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The research groups and research processp. 9
Theoretical framework, education and trainingp. 39
Employment, family and boyfriendsp. 62
The experience of the early mothersp. 102
Work and family aspirations of single working womenp. 129
The experience of motherhood and work among the early mothersp. 157
Living a contradiction: changing situations and aspirationsp. 182
Living a contradiction: interacting aspirations and situationsp. 218
Conclusionp. 242
Referencesp. 255
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780720123364
ISBN-10: 0720123364
Series: Employment and Work Relations in Context (Hardcover)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 18th August 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1