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Hard Labour: The Sociology of Parenthood By Caroline Gatrell

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This innovative book examines changes in family practices and paid work in the 21st century. Focusing on highly qualified mothers who combine childcare with employment, it makes a valuable contribution to current debates. It also takes into account the views of fathers, making it a rounded study of family practice in the new millennium.

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Hard Labour: The Sociology of Parenthood by Caroline Gatrell

This innovative book examines changes in family practices and paid work in the 21st century. Focusing on highly qualified mothers who combine childcare with employment, it makes a valuable contribution to current debates. It also takes into account the views of fathers, making it a rounded study of family practice in the new millennium. Hard Labour puts forward some new and thought-provoking arguments about both mothers' and fathers' commitments to parenting and paid work.

The first part of the book provides an up-to-date, comprehensive and readable overview of the literature on motherhood, fatherhood, family practices, and women in employment. The second part draws on a qualitative study of the lives of twenty mothers and their husbands or partners, each of whom is educated to degree level or above, and has at least one child under five. This study considers key aspects of the family lives of the men and women interviewed, including:

  • How they manage their commitments to one another, their children and their professional work
  • Sharing out family tasks such as childcare and housework
At each stage, the empirical research is placed in the context of the literature referenced in the first part, and of the wider debate on career and motherhood.

Hard Labour is essential reading for students and academics in sociology, family policy, family studies, women's or gender studies and the sociology of management/employment.

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About Caroline Gatrell


Caroline is Director of Lancaster University's MPhil/PhD programme in Critical Management and has been working at Lancaster University's 5* Management School since 1998. Caroline has a PhD and an MBA (with distinction) from Lancaster University Management School. In her research, Caroline is exploring the experiences of professional women (particularly mothers) in management. She has a background in Art History and some of her early publications relate to her work in this field. Caroline has a BA and MA in History of Art, from Manchester and London Universities respectively. Previous experience includes the marketing of Local Government Fine Arts and Heritage, as well as commercial fine art.

Table of Contents


Part I: Family practices: Motherhood, fatherhood and paid work: an overview of key literature

INTRODUCTION - the structure of the book and an overview of key arguments.

CHAPTER 1: "The impossible dream?" Motherhood and employment

CHAPTER 2: Parents, children and family lives

CHAPTER 3: "Domestic Goddesses"? The sociology of motherhood in Britain and the U.S.A.

CHAPTER 4: "Money bags" and the "invisible" father

CHAPTER 5: Working for love or money? The motivation of mothers to undertake paid work

Part 2: Doing it all and having some of it: the experiences of working mothers and fathers

INTRODUCTION TO Part 2

CHAPTER 6: Baby, you changed my life ...:The transition to motherhood - and fatherhood - and the "shock of the new"

CHAPTER 7: Pink jobs and blue jobs - the domestic division of labour

CHAPTER 8: Everything I do, I do it for you:The commitment to children and career.

CHAPTER 9: Everyone is equal....?:Parenthood and workplace discrimination.

CHAPTER 10: "My children must become our children":The duality of systems - and recommendations for the future

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GOR002339396
Hard Labour: The Sociology of Parenthood by Caroline Gatrell
Caroline Gatrell
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Open University Press
2004-12-01
256
0335214886
9780335214884
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