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

Hardcover | June 1, 1997

EditorHans-peter Blossfeld, Catherine Hakim

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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.

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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 Margina...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:354 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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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

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`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