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Sonia Bertolini and Barbara Poggio

Two years ago, when we received the proposal to engage in an editorial project for a handbook on work-life balance research, we were hesitant to accept, aware of the increasingly contested and problematic nature of the very construct of 'work-life balance'. However, we eventually decided to accept the invitation, with the idea of collating not so much an exhaustive compendium of the research works focused on the relationship between work and other dimensions of the biographical experience of individuals, but rather a text offering both theoretical reflections and empirical research examples illustrating the multiple strategies through which the different articulations that characterize this intersection can be analyzed. Our aim was to devise a text not only able to account for the richness of lenses and perspectives, together with their translation and actualization into specific research practices and methodological choices, but that would also shed light on its potentialities yet to be thoroughly explored.

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Caroline Gatrell

In this chapter I discuss the use of 'netnography' (or internet research) as a qualitative methodology for exploring work-life balance (here, among pregnant women and new mothers). My approach is a personal one - I have been researching work and family among employed parents (both mothers and fathers) since I started my PhD in 1998. I began using netnography as a means of understanding work, life and health among employed, pregnant and newly maternal women in 2006. The purpose of the present narrative is to share my experiences, rather than presenting a framework for 'how to' be a netnographer.

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Research Handbook on Work–Life Balance

Emerging Issues and Methodological Challenges

Edited by Sonia Bertolini and Barbara Poggio

This innovative and thought-provoking Research Handbook explores the theoretical debate surrounding work–life balance, and provides a reflection on the opportunity to adopt multilevel research approaches and perspectives, along gender and temporal axes. The Research Handbook is an international overview of current research on work-life balance, considered in macro, meso and micro perspectives.
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Edited by Jolanta Aidukaite, Sven E.O. Hort and Stein Kuhnle

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Challenges to the Welfare State

Family and Pension Policies in the Baltic and Nordic Countries

Edited by Jolanta Aidukaite, Sven E.O. Hort and Stein Kuhnle

This comprehensive and innovative book demonstrates the dynamics of welfare policies in different socioeconomic settings by providing comparative analyses of the Baltic and Nordic welfare state systems. The book contributes to finding and reflecting upon innovative solutions to common challenges in European welfare states.
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Edited by Jolanta Aidukaite, Sven E.O. Hort and Stein Kuhnle

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Edited by Valerie Stead, Carole Elliott and Sharon Mavin

This timely Handbook of Research Methods on Gender and Management exemplifies the multiplicity of gender and management research and provides effective guidance for putting methods into practice.
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Edited by Jennifer D. Sciubba

Exploring how demographic dynamism continues to shape the character of societies, this forward-looking Research Agenda offers insights into how the human population has undergone fundamental demographic shifts, and the impact these have had on how we organize ourselves politically, the design of our economic systems, and even our societal relationships.
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Edited by Norbert F. Schneider and Michaela Kreyenfeld

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Edited by Norbert F. Schneider and Michaela Kreyenfeld

Exploring how family life has radically changed in recent decades, this comprehensive Research Handbook tracks the latest developments and trends in scholarly work on the family. With a particular focus on the European context, it addresses current debates and offers insights into key topics including: the division of housework, family forms and living arrangements, intergenerational relationships, partner choice, divorce and fertility behaviour.