9780754649984

Contemporary Motherhood: The Impact of Children on Adult Time

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  • ISBN13:

    9780754649984

  • ISBN10:

    0754649989

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-08-28
  • Publisher: Ashgate (AGH)

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Summary

This book reveals how parents divide their time between caring for children, housework, paid work, and leisure in Australia and other nations, and how gender structures time use. Through careful analysis of time use data and astute conceptual synthesis, Craig shows us the big picture of the costs and benefits of children in modern society. Paula England, Stanford University, USA Craig's work offers an insightful and comprehensive account of the time demands of parenthood. The data analysed here provide important new insights into gender divisions in the home, including for the first time a detailed understanding of gender differences in the performance of primary and secondary caring activities. The book will have broad appeal to researchers, academics and policy makers. It is highly readable and engaging and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the dynamics of contemporary family life. Janeen Baxter, Professor of Sociology and Deputy Head, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland,St. Lucia, 4072, AUSTRALIA In this timely book Lyn Craig provides the first comprehensive account of how parents divide their time between caring for children, housework, paid work and leisure. Using large-scale quantitative time-use data , the book provides a detailed analysis of the impact of children upon adult time. This research reveals a unique picture of how parenthood affects daily life within households, and how people's (paid and unpaid) workload is affected by parenthood. By looking at how the costs and benefits of children are currently conceptualized and apportioned, Contemporary Motherhood shows what becoming a mother entails and why it is so challenging to raise children. Suggesting an explanation for why fertility rates are dramatically dropping, the book makes a significant contribution to the debate on contemporary motherhood and will interest scholars and students in sociology and social policy with an interest in the sociology of the family, gender and sexuality, and the sociology of youth. Contents: Introduction; Approach, data and method; The time penalty of parenthood; Gender equivalence or hidden inequity?; Protecting parental time with kids?; Earning capacity versus caring capacity; Cross-national comparison of the impact of children on adult time; Conclusion; References; Appendices; Index.

Author Biography

Lyn Craig is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Approach, data and method
The time penalty of parenthood
Gender equivalence or hidden inequity?
Protecting parental time with kids?
Earning capacity versus caring capacity
Cross-national comparison of the impact of children on adult time
Conclusion
References
Appendix
Index
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