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Jacqueline Scott

This chapter has three aims: the first is to examine the social processes that underpin children’s experience of families; the second is to investigate how transitions to parenthood exacerbate gender inequalities; and the third is to explore how different approaches concerning parental leave and childcare can help to inform policies concerned with work–family balance in Europe. The overarching goal is to consider the conflicting family interests that become apparent in considering intergenerational and intergender perspectives on partnerships and parenting. This area of family research is rife with ideologies, which often shape the questions asked and the answers found. It is no surprise therefore that there is little consensus about the effects for children of family disruption, family diversity, changing work–family balance, and different cultures of care. In order to get a good evidence base to inform family policy, policy objectives must be made explicit. Policy makers face a minefield of competing family and societal interests in tackling issues such as childcare, child poverty, parental leave and work–family balance. The chapter gives examples of how such conflicting interests affect partnerships and parenting and considers the diverse consequences for children’s lives and gender equality.

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Jacqueline Scott and Anke C. Plagnol

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Edited by Jacqueline Scott, Rosemary Crompton and Clare Lyonette

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Gender Inequalities in the 21st Century

New Barriers and Continuing Constraints

Edited by Jacqueline Scott, Rosemary Crompton and Clare Lyonette

Both women and men strive to achieve a work and family balance, but does this imply more or less equality? Does the persistence of gender and class inequalities refute the notion that lives are becoming more individualised? Leading international authorities document how gender inequalities are changing and how many inequalities of earlier eras are being eradicated. However, this book shows there are new barriers and constraints that are slowing progress in attaining a more egalitarian society. Taking the new global economy into account, the expert contributors to this book examine the conflicts between different types of feminisms, revise old debates about ‘equality’ and ‘difference’ in the gendered nature of work and care, and propose new and innovative policy solutions.
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Women and Employment

Changing Lives and New Challenges

Edited by Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex and Heather Joshi

How is women’s employment shaped by family and domestic responsibilities? This book, written by leading experts in the field, examines twenty-five years of change in women’s employment and addresses the challenges facing women today.
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Jacqueline Scott, Anke C. Plagnol and Jane Nolan

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Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex, Heather Joshi and Anke C. Plagnol

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Gendered Lives

Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction

Edited by Jacqueline Scott, Shirley Dex and Anke C. Plagnol

The focus of the book is on inequalities in production and reproductive activities, as played out over time and in specific contexts. It examines the different forms that gendered lives take in the household and the workplace, and explores how gender equalities may be promoted in a changing world. Gendered Lives offers many novel and sometimes unexpected findings that contribute to new understandings of not only the causes of gender inequalities but also the ongoing implications for economic well-being and societal integration.