Women and work-life balance: a case of austerity and authenticity

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Abstract

Recent evidence suggests that support for gender equality appears to be declining amid concern that women who play a full role in the work force do so at the expense of family life. Although this has been exacerbated by the economic downturn there were pre-recessionary signs of concerns that the welfare of children was being compromised when women find themselves with the double burden of employment and family care. These work-life balance issues are examined from the point of view of looking at how this characterised for women as a problem of authentic self-realisation in terms of working towards and achieving an optimum balance. This kind of dichotomisation allows for different aspects of the self to be pitted against each other: the professional career-orientated aspect and the personal relationship aspect. The paper argues that work-life balance discourse is counter-productive in that it reinforces the inequalities for women that it seeks to redress.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of MAC-EMMT 2014
Subtitle of host publicationThe 3rd Multidisciplinary Academic Conference in Prague: Economics, Management and Marketing
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherMAC Prague consulting s.r.o.
Number of pages8
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9788090544246
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventMultidisciplinary Academic Conference on Economics, Management and Marketing - Novotel Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 5 Dec 20146 Dec 2014
https://www.mac-prague.com/inpage/conference-mac-emm-2014/

Conference

ConferenceMultidisciplinary Academic Conference on Economics, Management and Marketing
Abbreviated titleMAC-EMM 2014
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period5/12/146/12/14
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    Moir, J. (2014). Women and work-life balance: a case of austerity and authenticity. In Proceedings of MAC-EMMT 2014: The 3rd Multidisciplinary Academic Conference in Prague: Economics, Management and Marketing (1st ed.). MAC Prague consulting s.r.o..