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.

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: 1317470699

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.

Women, Men, Work and Family in Europe

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Author: R. Crompton,S. Lewis,C. Lyonette

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230800831

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Social changes including an increase in dual-earner families, declining fertility, and growing problems of work-life 'balance' are underway as more women, particularly mothers, enter and remain in paid employment. The authors explore this in a number of European countries (Britain, France, The Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Portugal).

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

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.

Starting in Our Own Backyards

How Working Families Can Build Community and Survive the New Economy

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Author: Ann Bookman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113595061X

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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Containing interviews with more than 100 middle-class working parents in the Boston area, Bookman vividly illustrates the inherent conflicts faced by today's two-working-parent families and the often unfortunate consequences for the community. In an important departure from the ongoing debate, she offers a new paradigm for the relationship between paid and unpaid work that could invigorate both family life and the quality of civil society.

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.

The Unfinished Revolution

Coming of Age in a New Era of Gender, Work, and Family

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Author: Kathleen Gerson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199783322

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 320

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The vast changes in family life have often been blamed for declining morality and unhappy children. Drawing upon pioneering research with the children of the gender revolution, Kathleen Gerson reveals that it is not a lack of family values, but rigid social and economic forces that make it difficult to live out those values. The Unfinished Revolution makes clear recommendations for a new flexibility at work and at home that benefits families, encourages a thriving economy, and helps women and men integrate love and work.

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.

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.

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.

Restoring the American Dream

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Author: Thomas A. Kochan

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262263408

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Many American families have not prospered in the new "knowledge economy." The layoffs, restructurings, and wage and benefit cuts that have followed the short-lived boom of the 1990s threaten our deeply held values of justice, fairness, family, and work. These values -- and not those superficial ones political pollsters ask about -- are the foundation of the American dream of good jobs, fair pay, and opportunities for all. In this call to action for families, business, labor, and government, Thomas Kochan outlines ways in which we can empower working families to earn a good living by doing satisfying work while still having time for family and community life.We cannot make the transition to a knowledge economy, writes Kochan, with a workforce that is stressed, frustrated, and insecure. Businesses need to rebuild relationships with their employees based on trust. And working families need to take control of their own destinies. First, we can take action that goes beyond the workplace buzzwords flexible and family friendly to design systems that support productive work and healthy family life. We can invest in better basic education and life-long learning, and we can work toward strategies for creating and sustaining good jobs with portable benefits. We need organizations that value investors of human capital -- their employees -- as highly as they do investors of financial capital, and we need a renewed labor movement to give workers a stronger voice. Kochan lays out an agenda for working families in the twenty-first century that calls for business, labor, government, and workers to come together to make the changes that will allow us all to benefit from the new economy. The solution to our problems, he points out, is too important to be left to "the market."

Domestic Strategies

Work and Family in France and Italy, 1600-1800

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Author: Stuart Woolf

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521892339

Category: History

Page: 220

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An important perspective on the working lives of European families during the early modern period and beyond.

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.

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.

New Poverty

Families in Postmodern Society

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Author: David J. Cheal

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313294440

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 209

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Examines the nature of contemporary family poverty.

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.

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.