Work and Family in the New Economy

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Author: Samantha K. Ammons,Erin L. Kelly

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 1784416290

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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This volume will focus on innovative research examining how the nature of paid work intersects with family and personal life today. This collection of cutting-edge research will be instrumental in shaping the next wave of work-family scholarship.

Sustaining the New Economy

Work, Family, and Community in the Information Age

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Author: Martin CARNOY,Martin Carnoy

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674029224

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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This book explores the growing tension between the requirements of employers for a flexible work force and the ability of parents and communities to nurture their children and provide for their health, welfare, and education. Global competition and the spread of information technology are forcing businesses to engage in rapid, worldwide production changes, customized marketing, and just-in-time delivery. They are reorganizing work around decentralized management, work differentiation, and short-term and part-time employment. Increasingly, workers must be able to move across firms and even across types of work, as jobs get redefined. But there is a stiff price being paid for this labor market flexibility. It separates workers from the social institutions--family, long-term jobs, and stable communities--that sustained economic expansions in the past and supported the growth and development of the next generation. This is exacerbated by the continuing movement of women into paid work, which puts a greater strain on the family's ability to care for and rear children. Unless government fosters the development of new, integrative institutions to support the new world of work, the author argues, the conditions required for long-term economic growth and social stability will be threatened. He concludes by laying out a framework for creating such institutions.

Gender, Work, and Family in a Chinese Economic Zone

Laboring in Paradise

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Author: Nancy E Riley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400755244

Category: Social Science

Page: 162

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This book examines the dynamics of power within the families of married women who have migrated from rural areas to China's Dalian Economic Zone. Engaging the question of whether waged work gives women power in their families, this ethnographic study finds that women do indeed use their new positions and urban status to negotiate their family status. However, women use these new resources not necessarily to promote their own individual liberation, but rather to strengthen their contribution as wives and, especially, as mothers. Thus, this new modernity provides a space for the re-inscribing of traditional roles, even as it may work to give women new-found power within their families. How and why this process occurs is related to the dual inequalities these women face as rural migrants and as women.

Family Leave Policy: The Political Economy of Work and Family in America

The Political Economy of Work and Family in America

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Author: Steven K. Wisensale

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317470680

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 297

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Written in an accessible, case study format, this groundbreaking work explores the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of family leave policy in the United States, from its beginnings at the state level in the early 1980s, through the adoption of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, and beyond to the present day. With a political economy perspective, the book identifies the major economic and social forces affecting both the family and the workplace. And drawing on original primary research, it examines how the political system has responded to this evolving issue with various policy initiatives.

Gender Divisions and Working Time in the New Economy

Changing Patterns of Work, Care and Public Policy in Europe and North America

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Author: Diane Perrons

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1845428978

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Contemporary societies are characterised by new and more flexible working patterns, new family structures and widening social divisions. This book explores how these macro-level changes affect the micro organisation of daily life, with reference to working patterns and gender divisions in Northern and Western Europe and the United States.

Hispanic Families at Risk

The New Economy, Work, and the Welfare State

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Author: Ronald J. Angel,Jacqueline L. Angel

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441904744

Category: Social Science

Page: 138

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In the United States, work is the key to economic success, as well as the major source of health care coverage and retirement security. While Europeans look to the State for these benefits, Americans for the most part do not. This system of employment-based benefits means that those disadvantaged in the labor market are also disadvantaged in terms of health care coverage and retirement security. The authors of this work examine the overrepresentation of Mexican Americans in low wage or service sector jobs, which rarely come with health insurance or retirement coverage. At all ages, Mexican Americans have lower rates of health insurance and retirement coverage than do other minority groups, such as African Americans or other Hispanic groups. Although employment in jobs that do not provide benefits is one major source of this disparity, other factors—including immigration history, citizenship status, and language proficiency—further block opportunities for upward mobility within the Mexican American population. In their analysis, the authors work to deemphasize the popular, cultural explanation for the economic disparities and focus on more practical, policy-based solutions. In each chapter, the authors identify and critique the factors that affect the economic security and health care access of individuals throughout the life course, suggesting policies for reform. This work will be of interest to anyone working in the fields of cultural studies, public health and the sociology of work. With the focus on real world causes for the problems as well as potential solutions, policy-makers will also find this informative book an essential resource.

Expanding the Boundaries of Work-Family Research

A Vision for the Future

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Author: S. Poelmans,J. Greenhaus,M. Las Heras Maestro,Mireia Las Heras Maestro

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137006005

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 366

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With contributions from thirty authors from fifteen countries, this is a 'white book' for international work-family research and practice. The authors offer a bold look at the future and provide guidelines for future research, focusing on applied, international work-family research.

Challenges for Work and Family in the Twenty-First Century

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Author: Dana Vannoy,Paula Dubeck

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9780202364667

Category: Social Science

Page: 234

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Stimulated by unprecedented and complex changes in the nation's social landscape, the fourteen original papers in the present volume attempt to recast our approach to existing institutional arrangements between family and economy. The authors set the stage for redefinitions that give meaning and place to individuals, thus serving broader social goals.

Interrogating the New Economy

Restructuring Work in the 21st Century

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Author: Norene Pupo,Mark Preston Thomas

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442600551

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 292

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"This collection challenges outdated notions of a universal worker, offering a glimpse of work organization, management, and worker militancy. It will be of value to academics and activists alike." - Pam Sugiman, Ryerson University

Low-wage Workers in the New Economy

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Author: Richard Kazis,Marc S. Miller

Publisher: The Urban Insitute

ISBN: 9780877667056

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 383

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Since 1994, welfare roles have dropped by more than 50 percent nationwide. More than half of these people--about 800,000--have moved into unsubsidized paid employment, yet the very success of welfare reform has brought another problem into stark relief: for many people, getting into work doesn't mean getting out of poverty. In this collection of essays edited by Jobs for the Future's Richard Kazis and Marc Miller, an impressive line-up of experts explores how our nation can help these and all working Americans pull themselves out of poverty through work.

Aging and Working in the New Economy

Changing Career Structures in Small IT Firms

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Author: Julie Ann McMullin,Victor W. Marshall

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1849803447

Category: Computers

Page: 256

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The case studies and analyses developed in this timely book provide insight into the structural features of small- and medium-sized firms in the information technology sector, and the implications of these features for the careers of people who are employed by them. Using research conducted in Australia, Canada, England and the United States, the contributors explore how individuals manage their paid work within firms that are struggling to survive and compete in global economies. The book discusses the tensions that arise as workers and owners struggle for personal and firm survival, two processes that are often contradictory and occasionally produce conflict. The firms in this study show how the character of the small, New Economy is changing the relationship between employers and employees in increasingly significant ways. A broadly international audience of scholars, students, human resource professionals and policymakers in business, public policy, economics and sociology will find this book of great interest.

Gendered Work in Asian Cities

The New Economy and Changing Labour Markets

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Author: Ann Brooks

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409490580

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 166

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Do the new Asian economies encourage gender equality? Ann Brooks provides a unique insight into this question by assessing the impact of the new economy and the changing labour market on women in Asia. Theoretical debates around globalization, gender and social change are combined with empirical research on professional women in two cosmopolitan cities: Hong Kong and Singapore. The author's research shows that even in such cosmopolitan cities where women tend to have a strong advantage there is a 'new dynamic of inequality'. This makes the examination of women's labour market participation and ambition in these environments very different to previous research. The research is set against the backdrop of Southeast Asia more generally and international comparisons are also drawn. It will be of interest to scholars in sociology, economics, gender studies, business studies and Asian studies.

Race, Work, and Family in the Lives of African Americans

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Author: Marlese Durr,Shirley Ann Hill

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742534674

Category: Social Science

Page: 255

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Family and work are major, integrally related dimensions of social life which affect the well-being and success of family members. As social institutions, family and work are also avenues where social inequality may be understood as a major element in the distribution of social, cultural, and economic resources and sites where inequality is perpetuated, negotiated, and contested. In this book, editors Durr and Hill focus on African Americans, navigating the terrain of race, work, and family, and examining persistent barriers to equality and ways in which Blacks have sought to become an integral part of the American economy.

Breaking the Mold

Redesigning Work for Productive and Satisfying Lives

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Author: Lotte Bailyn

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801443923

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 184

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In Breaking the Mold, Lotte Bailyn argues that society's separation of work and family is no longer a tenable model for employees or the organizations that employ them. Unless American business is willing to radically rethink some of its basic assumptions about work, career paths, and time, both employee and employer will suffer in today's intensely competitive business environment. Bailyn's message was bold when this book was originally published in 1993. Now thoroughly updated to reflect the latest developments in the organization of work, the demography of the workforce, and attitudes toward the integration of work and personal life, this second edition is even more compelling. Bailyn finds that implementation of policies designed to allow "flexibility" is rarely smooth and often results in gender inequity. Using real-life cases to illustrate the problems employees encounter in coordinating work and private life, she details how corporations generally handle these problems and suggests models for innovation. Throughout, she shows how the structure and culture of corporate life could be changed to integrate employees' other obligations and interests, and in the process help organizations become more effective. Drawing on international comparisons as well as many years of working with organizations of various kinds, Bailyn emphasizes the need to redesign work itself. Breaking the Mold allows us to rethink the connections between organizational processes and personal concerns. Implementation of Bailyn's suggestions could help employees to become more effective in all realms of their complicated lives and allow employing organizations to engage their full productive potential.

Changing Contours of Work

Jobs and Opportunities in the New Economy

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Author: Stephen Sweet,Peter Meiksins

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483358267

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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In the Third Edition of Changing Contours of Work: Jobs and Opportunities in the New Economy, Stephen Sweet and Peter Meiksins once again provide a rich analysis of the American workplace in the larger context of an integrated global economy. Through engaging vignettes and rich data, this text frames the development of jobs and employment opportunities in an international comparative perspective, revealing the historical transformations of work (the “old economy” and the “new economy”) and identifying the profound effects that these changes have had on lives, jobs, and life chances. The text examines the many complexities of race, class, and gender inequalities in the modern-day workplace, and details the consequences of job insecurity and work schedules mismatched to family needs. Throughout the text, strategic recommendations are offered to improve the new economy.

Her Work and His

Family, Kin and Community in New Zealand 1900-1930

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Author: Claire Toynbee

Publisher: Victoria University Press

ISBN: 9780864732842

Category: Families

Page: 260

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Drawing on over 100 oral histories from men and women who were children in the first three decades of the century, this book explores the work done in those years by men, women and children as members of families and communities. It considers work done for pay and free. Extracts from interviews are used to illustrate various family patterns represented, and the text makes use of historical and demographic literature on family and kinship in the past in New Zealand and elsewhere. A bibliography and an index are provided.

Women, Work and Family

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Author: Louise A. Tilly,Joan W. Scott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136742840

Category: History

Page: 282

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First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Outsourcing and Service Work in the New Economy

The Case of Call Centres in Mexico City

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Author: José-Luis Álvarez-Galván

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443838179

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 225

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This book examines the impact of outsourcing on workers and their employment conditions in the new economy. To do so, the call centre industry in Mexico City is analysed through a large number of in-depth interviews with workers and managers, available statistics and visits to leading firms in the sector. The case of call centres is paradigmatic as it is often seen as a flag-ship industry of the new economy, rapidly growing and subject to high pressures for costs reduction. The Mexican experience is crucially relevant to understand employment conditions in a weak institutional setting where labour protection is low and business competition intense. Overall, outsourcing has gained popularity as a mechanism to deal with the uncertainty of increasingly challenging business environments. Nonetheless, the practice of outsourcing also raises important concerns. This book identifies those managerial practices which have a substantial impact on workers and their employment conditions such as: job designs; customer segmentation; non-standard contracts; intensified supervision; union avoidance; limited career opportunities; and strict social divisions in the workplace. These findings also suggest that a number of practices that were common in the ‘old’ economy are still dominant in the organisation of work in the twenty-first century. The book is a useful reference for scholars and students concerned with employment and labour studies, economic development, and globalisation.

No B.S. Business Success In The New Economy

Seven Core Strategies for Rapid-Fire Business Growth

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Author: Dan S. Kennedy

Publisher: Entrepreneur Press

ISBN: 161308000X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 274

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Internationally recognized “millionaire-maker” Dan Kennedy leads business professionals into the post-recession economy and introduces them to the new rules, new restrictions, new obstacles, and new opportunities that lie ahead. Entrepreneurs are mentored on which current business truths and principles are still relevant, but more importantly, Kennedy offers completely new strategies, tactics, and applications to help them succeed in The New Economy. Following Kennedy’s advice, entrepreneurs can go forward into The New Economy more astutely, efficiently, productively, and confidently—earning themselves more money than they ever imagined possible! Kennedy covers: • The key decision required for success by The New Economy • The #1 Demand of New Economy Customers and how to meet it • Four power-positioning strategies for extreme marketplace advantage • Six mandatory entrepreneurial competencies for The New Economy • What The New Economy punishes most viciously and rewards most generously • How to avoid destruction by and instead profit from the “No Boundaries” New Economy • And More In this timely business guide, Kennedy reveals essential strategies, tactics, and business principles that every business owner will need to succeed in the tougher, more demanding New Economy.

Women, Work and the Family in Europe

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Author: Eileen Drew,Ruth Emerek,Evelyn Mahon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134741340

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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These are just some of the questions this controverisal book asks in its analysis of the European labour markets. By bringing together contributions from all over Europe, Women, Work and the Family in Europe outlines the similarities and differences between countries in terms of the problems of reconciling work and family. In doing so it questions the division of labour, not just in the labour market but also in the home, reviewing, for example, fatherhood and the effect of work commitments on men's time spent with their families. Contributions range from a study of family policies to the care of the elderly; from home working to gender roles, motherhood and class. Clearly written, systematic and comprehensive, this book reflects the growing interest in the European context and will appeal to students of social policy and European studies as well as all those involved in women's studies and sociology. Ruth Emerek, University of Aalborg, Denmark, Susan Mc Rae, Oxford Brookes University, Yvonne Hirdman, Sweden, Eileen Drew and Evelyn Mahon, both at Trinity College,