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Gender, Place and the Labour Market

Sarah Jenkins

Ashgate 2004 198 s. ISBN 0 7546 4153 8
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Although research on the labour market has remained central to the development of work on gender in geography, there has been an absence of texts on the importance of space in relation to employment. This volume explores the geography of women's participation in the UK labour market and centres on the importance of work-home interdependencies and factors which both influence women's decision-making processes and contribute to the formation of their perceived societal role. The book draws on interviews with individual women about the influential factors in deciding whether or not they participate in the formal labour market. It highlights the importance of social and cultural factors in addition to the availability of jobs in the local economy in influencing labour market participation. It also compares the choices the Government claim to provide with the choices individual women feel they have when it comes to negotiating their everyday lives.

Introduction: women, work and home in the 21st century; Gendering the labour market; Women and the labour market: the shifting national context; The uneven development of women's participation in the labour market; Research design and methodology: moving beyond the national; Exploring the interdependencies: women and work; Exploring the interdependencies: women and home; Making sense of place; Bibliography; Index.
'Sarah Jenkins' research builds on a now long tradition of enquiry into the geography of women's participation in paid employment … The research provides a clear demonstration of the continuing value of research and policy making that recognises the interdependencies of local and national socio-economic processes.'
Professor Sophie Bowlby, University of Reading, UK (taken from the Preface)

'Gender, Place and the Labour Market makes a compelling case for taking both gender relations and the local scale seriously in labour-market studies. This case is made theoretically, empirically, methodologically and - not least - politically. Sarah Jenkins' book is a welcome contribution to the literature on gender, employment and space.'
Professor Jamie Peck, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

'Sarah Jenkins conducts an interesting exploration of the social, cultural, and economic processes in two regions of the UK that affect mothers' decisions to work outside the home or to remain at home with their children. Her study benefits from the insights she gained while working with policy advisers in the Women's Unit of the Cabinet Office…'
Professor Susan Hanson, Clark University, USA

 About the Author/Editor
Dr Sarah Jenkins works at the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales.