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Social Science Marriage & Family

A Life in Balance?

Reopening the Family-Work Debate

edited by Catherine Krull & Justyna Sempruch

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2011
Category
Marriage & Family, Gender Studies, General, Women's Studies
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774819701
    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774819688
    Publish Date
    Jul 2011
    List Price
    $34.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774819671
    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
    List Price
    $95.00

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Magazine articles, talk shows, and commercials advise us that our happiness and well-being rest on striking a balance between work and family. It goes unsaid, however, that the advice is based on an outmoded and unrealistic ideal. This provocative volume challenges the notion – often offered in support of neo-liberal agendas – that paid work (employment) and unpaid work (caregiving and housework) are separate and competing spheres, rather than overlapping aspects of a single existence. Alternative approaches to integrating work and family must be taken into account if we hope to build truly equitable family and childcare policies.

About the authors

 

Catherine Krull is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University.

 

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