The sociology of parenthood, family life and career
Open University Press 2004, 208 s. ISBN 0335214886
Bogomtale fra forlaget.
This book examines changes in family practices and
paid work in the 21st century. Focusing principally on highly qualified women
who combine the mothering of very young children with employment, it makes a
valuable contribution to current debates. Unlike other books in the field that
focus on one gender only, this innovative book also takes into account the views
of fathers, making it a rounded study of family practice in the new millennium.
The first part of Hard Labour 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 20 mothers and their husbands/partners, each of whom is educated to degree
level or above, and has at least one child under five. Key aspects of the family
lives of the men and women interviewed are considered, for example how they
manage their commitments to one another, their children and their professional
work, and how they share out family tasks such as childcare and housework. At
each stage, the empirical research is explicitly placed in the context of the
literature referenced in the first part, and of the wider debate on career
Essential reading for
students and academics in sociology, family policy, family studies, women’s or
gender studies and the sociology of management/employment.
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
CHAPTER 1: “The impossible dream?” Motherhood and
CHAPTER 2: Parents, children and family
CHAPTER 3: “Domestic Goddesses”? The sociology of
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
Doing it all and having some of it: the experiences of working mothers and
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
The commitment to children and career.
Everyone is equal….?:
Parenthood and workplace discrimination.
CHAPTER 10: “My children must become our children”:
duality of systems – and recommendations for the future