Between Equalization and Marginalization: Women Working Part-Time in Europe and the United States of America by Hans-peter BlossfeldBetween Equalization and Marginalization: Women Working Part-Time in Europe and the United States of America by Hans-peter Blossfeld

Between Equalization and Marginalization: Women Working Part-Time in Europe and the United States…

EditorHans-peter Blossfeld, Catherine Hakim

Hardcover | June 1, 1997

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Levels of part-time work vary enormously across industrial society, from 66 per cent among women in the Netherlands to just 8 per cent among women in Greece. Part-time work was almost unknown in Eastern Europe, but is now growing rapidly in the same sectors of industry as in Western Europeand the USA. Between Equalization and Marginalization provides a comparative analysis of the development of part-time work in Europe and the USA from 1950 onwards, using longitudinal and cross-sectional data, and reassesses the competing theories and conflicting perspectives so far offered on the growth ofpart-time work among women. It concludes that part-time work does not equalize women's position vis a vis full-time workers, nor does it leave women in part-time jobs wholly marginalized. Instead, it shows that part-time jobs provide new opportunities for secondary earners and play a special rolein the context of the sexual division of labour in the family. The country reports - by national experts - cover the USA, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, West Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Slovenia, and Poland. Two chapters by the editors synthesize the results and assess their theoretical implications.
Hans-Peter Blossfeld is a Professor of Sociology and Social Statistics at University of Bremen. Catherine Hakim is a Senior Research Fellow, Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Title:Between Equalization and Marginalization: Women Working Part-Time in Europe and the United States…Format:HardcoverDimensions:354 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Hans-Peter Blossfeld and Catherine Hakim: Introduction: A Comparative Perspective on Part-Time Work2. Catherine Hakim: A Sociological Perspective on Part-Time Work3. Sonja Drobnic: Part-Time Work in Central and Eastern European Countries4. Haris Symeonidou: Full and Part-Time Employment of Women in Greece: Trends and Relationships with Life-Cycle Events5. Tindara Addabbo: Part-Time Work in Italy6. Laurence Coutrot, Irene Fournier, Annick Kieffer and Eva Lelievre: The Family Cycle and the Growth of Part-Time Female Employment in France: Boon or Doom?7. Hans-Peter Blossfeld and Gotz Rohwer: Part-Time Work in West-Germany8. Paul de Graaf and Hedwig Vermeulen: Female Labour Market Participation in the Netherlands: Developments in the Relationship between Family Cycle and Employment9. Brendan Burchell, Angela Dale, and Heather Joshi: Part-Time Work Among British Women10. Soren Leth-Sorensen and Gotz Rohwer: Women's Employment and Part-Time Work in Denmark11. Marianne Sundstrom: Managing Work and Children: Part-Time Work and the Family Cycle of Swedish Women12. Sonja Drobnic and Immo Wittig: Part-Time Work in the United States of America13. Hans-Peter Blossfeld: Women's Part-Time Employment and the Family Cycle: A Cross-National Comparison

Editorial Reviews

`an impressive cross-national study of the long-term development of part-time work in Europe and the United States ... This book is an important contribution to our understanding of part-time work and women's employment across countries and over time ... contains useful statistics and analysesof part-time work in European countries and the United States, and I can recommend it to anyone interested in labor markets, family research, and comparative welfare state research.'Gunn Elizabeth Birkelund, American Journal of Sociology