Between Equalization and Marginalization: Women Working Part-Time in Europe and the United States of America

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This book provides the first comparative study of the long-term development of women's part-time work in Europe and the United States from 1950 onwards. The authors analyze a wealth of longitudinal and cross-sectional data on the work force, generating a powerful critique of the dominant theories that part-time work equalizes women's position vis à vis full-time workers or leaves women in part-time jobs wholly marginalized. Instead, the study asserts, women's increasing part-time employment in modern societies ...
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Overview


This book provides the first comparative study of the long-term development of women's part-time work in Europe and the United States from 1950 onwards. The authors analyze a wealth of longitudinal and cross-sectional data on the work force, generating a powerful critique of the dominant theories that part-time work equalizes women's position vis à vis full-time workers or leaves women in part-time jobs wholly marginalized. Instead, the study asserts, women's increasing part-time employment in modern societies must be examined in the context of the sexual division of labor within the family.
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Using longitudinal and cross-sectional data from individual countries, explores the long-term development of women's part- time work since World War II. Focuses on three contrasting tenets: women's increase participation in the labor force, regardless of its form, reduces their dependence on men and leads to greater equality between men and women on the job and in the family; the expansion of part-time work among women disadvantages and marginalizes them in the labor market and the family; and within the context of the sexual division of labor in the family, part-time jobs and other low-paid or non-career jobs, can be not only tolerated but enthusiastically appreciated by dependent wives and other second-income earners. The 13 studies have been oft revised since original presentations at a 1993 seminar in Bremen, Germany. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198280866
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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University of Bremen

London School of Economics and Political Science

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Table of Contents

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List of Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction: A Comparative Perspective on Part-Time Work 1
2 A Sociological Perspective on Part-Time Work 22
3 Part-Time Work in Central and Eastern European Countries 71
4 Full-Time and Part-Time Employment of Women in Greece: Trends and Relationships with Life-Cycle Events 90
5 Part-Time Work in Italy 113
6 The Family Cycle and the Growth of Part-Time Female Employment in France: Boon or Doom? 133
7 Part-Time Work in West Germany 164
8 Female Labour-Market Participation in the Netherlands: Developments in the Relationship between Family Cycle and Employment 191
9 Part-Time Work among British Women 210
10 Women's Employment and Part-Time Work in Denmark 247
11 Managing Work and Children: Part-Time Work and the Family Cycle of Swedish Women 272
12 Part-Time Work in the United States of America 289
13 Women's Part-Time Employment and the Family Cycle: A Cross-National Comparison 315
Name Index 325
Subject Index 330
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