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

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 must be examined in the context of the sexual division of labor within the family.

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ISBN-13: 9780198280866
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/13/1997
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A Comparative Perspective on Part-Time Work, Hans-Peter Blossfeld and Catherine Hakim
2. A Sociological Perspective on Part-Time Work, Catherine Hakim
3. Part-Time Work in Central and Eastern European Countries, Sonja Drobnic
4. Full and Part-Time Employment of Women in Greece: Trends and Relationships with Life-Cycle Events, Haris Symeonidou
5. Part-Time Work in Italy, Tindara Addabbo
6. The Family Cycle and the Growth of Part-Time Female Employment in France: Boon or Doom?, Laurence Coutrot, Irene Fournier, Annick Kieffer and Eva Lelievre
7. Part-Time Work in West-Germany, Hans-Peter Blossfeld and Götz Rohwer
8. Female Labour Market Participation in the Netherlands: Developments in the Relationship between Family Cycle and Employment, Paul de Graaf and Hedwig Vermeulen
9. Part-Time Work Among British Women, Brendan Burchell, Angela Dale, and Heather Joshi
10. Women's Employment and Part-Time Work in Denmark, Soren Leth-Sorensen and Götz Rohwer
11. Managing Work and Children: Part-Time Work and the Family Cycle of Swedish Women, Marianne Sundström
12. Part-Time Work in the United States of America, Sonja Drobnic and Immo Wittig
13. Women's Part-Time Employment and the Family Cycle: A Cross-National Comparison, Hans-Peter Blossfeld

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