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

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    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
    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


    ConferenceMultidisciplinary Academic Conference on Economics, Management and Marketing
    Abbreviated titleMAC-EMM 2014
    Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
    Internet address


    • Work-life balance
    • Women
    • Austerity
    • Authenticity


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