Gender, Poverty, and the Work-Family Interface

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Book Summary: Conflict between work and family has been a topic of discussion since the beginning of the women's movement, but recent changes in family structures and workforce demographics have made it clear that the issues impact both women and men. While employers and policymakers struggle to navigate this new terrain, critics charge that the research sector, too, has been slow to respond.

Chapter Summary: Much of our understanding of gender and the work-family interface has been through the lens of middle- and upper-class, as well as professional-level, employees' experiences. As such, the work-family experiences of low-income individuals and those living at or below the poverty line are less understood. This chapter examines how gender and the work-family interface interact for individuals who are working in low-wage jobs, and are often found to be living at or below the poverty line.


Original version is available from the publisher at: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319088907#aboutBook

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