Work-Lifestyle Choices in the 21st Century: Preference Theory

Paperback | December 15, 2000

byCatherine Hakim

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In this book, Hakim presents a new, multi-disciplinary theory for explaining and predicting current and future patterns of women's choice between employment and family work. Preference theory is the first theory developed specifically to explain women's behaviour and choices. As such, itconstitutes a major break from male-centred theorizing to date in sociology and economics.Preference theory is grounded on the substantial body of new research on women's work and fertility that has flourished within feminist scholarship. It identifies five major historical changes that collectively are producing a qualitatively new scenario for women in prosperous societies in the 21stcentury.Throughout the analysis, the USA and Britain illustrate what the new scenario means for women, how it alters their preferences and work-lifestyles choices. Hakim also reviews research evidence on contemporary developments across Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, and the far East to develop a newtheory that is genuine international in perspective.

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In this book, Hakim presents a new, multi-disciplinary theory for explaining and predicting current and future patterns of women's choice between employment and family work. Preference theory is the first theory developed specifically to explain women's behaviour and choices. As such, itconstitutes a major break from male-centred theor...

Catherine Hakim, Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199242100

ISBN - 13:9780199242108

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The failure to predict3. Causes of the new scenario4. The polarisation of preferences and behaviour5. Things are different in the younger generation6. Heterogeneous preferences7. Marriage markets and educational equality8. Policy applications9. Preferences among men10. Conclusion

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`an interesting book ... she does focus on an increasingly important issue, which will exercise policy-makers in the years ahead'Robert Taylor, Financial Times