Worklife Balance: The Agency and Capabilities Gap by Barbara HobsonWorklife Balance: The Agency and Capabilities Gap by Barbara Hobson

Worklife Balance: The Agency and Capabilities Gap

EditorBarbara Hobson

Paperback | July 22, 2015

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Across welfare societies we have seen the emergence of policies and norms for work-life balance alongside rising expectations among working parents to be able to participate in employment and caregiving, and to have more time for family life and leisure. Yet despite this value placed uponwork-life balance, working parents face increasing work demands, as well as rising numbers of insecure and precarious jobs, both of which produce a deepening sense of economic uncertainty in everyday life, which has been intensified in the current period of financial crises. The agency andcapabilities gap addresses these tensions in work-life balance within families, workplace organizations, and policy frameworks. Inspired by Amartya Sen's capabilities approach, this volume considers not just what individuals do, but also their scope of alternatives to make other choices. It includes rich contextualized studies across Western and Eastern European countries and Japan, with a focus on gendered agency inequalities for work-life balance.
Barbara Hobson holds a professor's chair in Sociology, with a specialization in comparative gender studies at Stockholm University. She has published many books and articles on gender and welfare states concerning themes of gender and citizenship, men and social politics, and social movements and gender diversity in welfare states. He...
Title:Worklife Balance: The Agency and Capabilities GapFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:July 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Barbara Hobson: Introduction: capabilities and agency for worklife balance: a multidimensional frameworkPart I. The Individual/Household and the Agency and Capabilities Gap: Policy Frameworks, Norms, and Work Organizational Cultures2. Susanne Fahlen: The agency gap: policies, norms, and working time capabilities across welfare States3. Barbara Hobson, Susanne Fahlen, and Judit Takacs: A sense of entitlement? Agency and capabilities in Sweden and Hungary4. Mieko Takahashi, Saori Kamano, Tomoko Matsuda, Setsuko Onode, and Kyoko Yoshizumi: Worklife balance in Japan: new policies, old practices5. Sonja Drobnic and Margarita Leon: Agency freedom for worklife balance in Germany and SpainPart II: The Firm Level and the Agency and Capabilities Gap: Policies, Managers, and Work Organization6. Laura den Dulk, Sandra Groeneveld and Bram Peper: Workplace worklife balance support from a capabilities perspective7. Colette Fagan and Pierre Walthery: Working time capabilities at the workplace: individual adjustment options between full-time and part-time working in European Firms8. Bram Peper, Laura den Dulk, Nevenka and#268;ernigoj Sadar, Suzan Lewis, Janet Smithson, and Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes: Capabilities for worklife balance: managerial attitudes and employee practices in the Dutch, British, and Slovenian banking sector9. Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrand#267;ela and Nevenka and#268ernigoj Sadar: Capabilities for worklife balance in the context of increasing work intensity and precariousness in the service sector and the IT industry in a transitional economy10. Barbara Hobson: Conclusion