Work-Lifestyle Choices in the 21st Century: Preference Theory

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In this pioneering work, Catherine Hakim presents the "Preference Theory," a new, multi-disciplinary philosophy for explaining and predicting current and future patterns for women choosing between family work and outside employment. It is the first theory developed specifically to explain women's behavior and choices, constituting a major break from male-oriented theorizing in sociology and economics. In fact, this text identifies five major historical changes that are collectively producing a new scenario for women in prosperous, 21st century societies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199242108
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/18/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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London School of Economics
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction: a Social Science Theory for the 21st Century 1
2 The Failure to Predict 22
3 Causes of the New Scenario 43
4 The Polarization of Preferences and Behaviour 84
5 Things are Different in the Younger Generations: Evidence from Longitudinal Studies 128
6 Heterogeneous Preferences 157
7 Marriage Markets and Educational Equality 193
8 Policy Applications 223
9 Preferences among Men 254
10 Conclusions 273
References 290
Index 324
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