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Overstretched: European Families Up Against the Demands of Work and Care

Overstretched: European Families Up Against the Demands of Work and Care

Teppo Kröger (Editor), Jorma Sipilä (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-15194-8

Feb 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

176 pages

$33.99

Description

Overstretched provides fresh perspectives on the reality of European family life where care and paid work need to be woven together on a daily basis, offering an opportunity to discuss and evaluate care policies in a new light.
  • A collection of essays providing new perspectives on the reality of European family life where care and paid work need to be woven together on a daily basis.
  • Focuses on families who live under strained conditions, such as lone parent families, immigrant families, and families who care simultaneously for both their children and an elderly family member.
  • Based on interviews with families from Finland, France, Italy, Portugal and the UK.
  • Develops methods for doing comparative qualitative analysis in practice.
  • Offers new insights into the problems of gender balance in caring, and the significance of cultural notions and working hours.
  • Offers an opportunity to discuss and evaluate care policies in a new light.
Notes on Contributors.

1. Editorial Introduction: European Families Stretched between the Demands of Work and Care (Jorma Sipilä and Teppo Kröger).

2. Atypical Working Hours: Consequences for Childcare Arrangements (Blanche Le Bihan and Claude Martin).

3. Managing Work and Care: A Difficult Challenge for Immigrant Families (Karin Wall and José Sâo José).

4. Combining Work and Family in Two Welfare State Contexts: A Discourse Analytical Perspective (Katja Repo).

5. Family Commitments under Negotiation: Dual Carers in Finland and Italy (Minna Zechner).

6. Work and Care Strategies of European Families: Similarities or National Differences (Trine P. Larsen).

7. Caregiving in Transition in Southern Europe: Neither Complete Altruists nor Free Riders (Simonetta Simoni and Rossana Trifiletti).

8. Managing the Family: Productivity, Scheduling and the Male Veto (John Baldock and Jan Hadlow).

Index.


  • A collection of essays providing new perspectives on the reality of European family life where care and paid work need to be woven together on a daily basis.
  • Focuses on families who live under strained conditions, such as lone parent families, immigrant families, and families who care simultaneously for both their children and an elderly family member.
  • Based on interviews with families from Finland, France, Italy, Portugal and the UK.
  • Develops methods for doing comparative qualitative analysis in practice.
  • Offers new insights into the problems of gender balance in caring, and the significance of cultural notions and working hours.
  • Offers an opportunity to discuss and evaluate care policies in a new light.