Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance : A Comparative Study in Four European Countries

Fathers and Mothers: Dilemmas of the Work-Life Balance : A Comparative Study in Four European Countries

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At the risk of sounding frivolous, there is a good case to be made for the argument that women constitute the revolutionary force behind contemporary social and economic transformation. It is in large part the changing role of women that explains the new household structure, our altered demographic behaviour, the growth of the service economy and, as a consequence, the new dilemmas that the advanced societies face. Most European countries have failed to adapt adequately to the novel challenges and the result is an increasingly serious disequilibrium. Women explicitly desire economic independence and the societal collective, too, needs to maximise female employment. And yet, this runs up against severe incompatibility problems that then result in very low birth rates. Our aging societies need more kids, yet fertility levels are often only half of what citizens define as their desired number of children. No matter what happens in the next decade, we are doomed to have exceedingly small cohorts that, in turn, must shoulder the massive burden of supporting a retired baby-boom generation. Hence it is tantamount that tomorrow's adults be maximally productive and, yet, the typical EU member state invests very little in its children and families.


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Author(s)
Margret Fine-Davis, Jeanne Fagnani, Dino Giovannini, Lis Hojgaard, Hilary Clarke
Format
Paperback | 352 pages
Dimensions
160 x 240 x 20.32mm | 1,200g
Publication date
31 Dec 2004
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Publication City/Country
New York, NY, United States
Language
English
Edition
New edition
Edition Statement
New edition
Illustrations note
XXXIV, 352 p.
ISBN10
1402018487
ISBN13
9781402018480