Women and men between employment and family work: a change to be sustained

Author/s Francesca Zajczyk, Barbara Borlini
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/119
Language Italian Pages 17 P. 97-113 File size 387 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2010-119006
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Conciliation has been looked at as a woman’s problem in combining the traditional responsibilities of housework and family with the new ones of a job. The difficulties in managing the so called "double presence" make it clear that this paradigm needs to be changed: from conciliation as a female issue to the conciliation of the social one. The paper focuses on the principal trends which characterize the relationships between partners and parenting in the Italian family today. Also using the data on parental leave - one of the few tools available showing male participation - the paper explores the strategies which favour the visibility and public recognition of fathers involved in childcare.

Keywords: Work-life balance policies, gender, family, care responsibilities, parental leave, fathers

Francesca Zajczyk, Barbara Borlini, Donne e uomini tra lavoro e vita familiare: un cambiamento che va aiutato in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 119/2010, pp 97-113, DOI: 10.3280/SL2010-119006