Worklife Balance The Agency and Capabilities Gap

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-12-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author Biography

Barbara Hobson, Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University

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. Her recent publications have focused on sociological applications of the capabilities approach, including articles on fertility and fathers and work-life balance. She has been Strand Coordinator for the EC FP6 Network of Excellence 'Reconciling Work and Welfare in Europe' (RECWOWE, 2007-11). She is founder and co-editor of the journal Social Politics published by Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Capabilities and Agency for Work-Life Balance: A Multi-dimensional Framework, Barbara Hobson
2. The Agency Gap: Policies, Norms, and Working Time Capabilities across Welfare States, Susanne Fahlen
3. A Sense of Entitlement? Agency and Capabilities in Sweden and Hungary, Barbara Hobson, Susanne Fahlen, and Judit Takacs
4. Work-Life Balance in Japan: New Policies, Old Practices, Mieko Takahashi, Saori Kamano, Tomoko Matsuda, Setsuko Onode and Kyoko Yoshizumi
5. Agency Freedom for Reconciling Work and Family in Germany and Spain, Sonja Drobnic and Margarita Leon
6. Workplace Work-Life Balance Support from a Capabilities Perspective, Laura den Dulk, Sandra Groeneveld and Bram Peper
7. Working-Time Capabilities at the Workplace: Individual Adjustment Options between Full-Time and Part-Time Working in European Firms, Colette Fagan and Pierre Walthery
8. Capabilities for Work-Life Balance: Managerial Attitudes and Employee Practices in the Dutch, British, and Slovenian Banking Sector, Bram Peper, Laura den Dulk, Nevenka Cernigoj Sadar, Suzan Lewis, Janet Smithson, and Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes
9. Capabilities for Work-Life Balance in the Context of Increasing Work Intensity and Precariousness in the Service Sector and the IT Industry in a Transitional Economy, Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrcela and Nevenka Cernigoj Sadar
10. Conclusion

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