Competing claims on time in work and family life have become inherent, unavoidable features of the Western world. Many people feel torn between work and family not just because their households increasingly juggle competing responsibilities, but also as job expectations and parenting standards have intensified. This book aims to deepen our understanding of a variety of conditions that influence the successes and difficulties experienced in attempting to equally accommodate both work and private lives. The contributors argue that conditions which create competing claims on time can originate from the organization, from the household, or from both; the contributors thus apply a multi-level and multi-actor approach to the problem. They pay detailed attention to time use and time pressures, and focus not only on the causes of disturbed balances between work and care, but also on solutions to these competing claims. The conclusions reached provide policymakers and implementers with evidence that certain elements of the organization and the household can be seen as parameters that are susceptible to directed policy-based intervention.
This fully comprehensive, multinational and multi-disciplinary study encompasses sociology, economics, geography and urban science perspectives from across Europe, US, and Australia. It will prove essential reading for students of social scientific disciplines, including family and organizational sociology and economics, and for policymakers and researchers focusing on work-family issues.