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Women, Work, and Families
Balancing and Weaving


© 2001 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Hattery's book is an important contribution to this literature. The book is engaging and is well written. I would recommend this book and encourage Hattery to continue examination of this construct." 

- Psychology of Women Quarterly

Women, Work, and Family: Balancing and Weaving is a fascinating examination of the extraordinary juggling skills of working mothers who balance their obligations to both work and family. Angela Hattery goes beyond a mere description of women's conflicts of interest and seeks to understand the decision-making process through which they accomplish this balancing.

Through intensive interviews with 30 married women, all with children under 2 years of age, Hattery uncovers a remarkable range of ways in which these women weave together the complex strands of their lives. The data in the volume are examined from a number of theoretical standpoints, including structural theory, motherhood theory, and feminist theory. A key variable that runs through the data is economic need, which has an obvious effect on work patterns. Women, Work, and Family will make a major contribution to family studies and will illuminate the difficult choices that women make within the family/work context.

 
Introduction and History of Women's Labour Force Participation
 
Ideologies of Motherhood
Content and the Dominant Model  
 
Balancing and Weaving to Be a `Good' Mother
 
Theoretical Paradigms for Understanding Maternal Labour Force Participation
 
To Work or Not to Work? That Is the Question
 
`Are Children Better Off if They Have New Bikes Rather Than Having You at Home?'
Motherhood Ideology anf the Construction of Economic Need  
 
`He's Got to Learn That the World Is Not Just He Alone'
Solving the Childcare Dilemma  
 
The Power of Ideology and the Ideology of Power

"Hattery’s book is an important contribution to this literature. The book is engaging and is well written. I would recommend this book and encourage Hattery to continue examination of this construct." 

Psychology of Women Quarterly

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