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Women's paid work and moral economies of care

McDowell, Linda and Ray, Kathryn and Perrons, Diane and Fagan, Colette and Ward, Kevin (2005) Women's paid work and moral economies of care. Social & Cultural Geography, 6 (2). pp. 219-235. ISSN 1464-9365


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649360500074642


Female labour force participation has been increasing in recent decades, in part encouraged by state policies to raise the employment rate to encourage economic competitiveness and combat social exclusion. Social provision for care, however, has lagged behind this increase, creating practical and moral dilemmas for individuals and for society, facing parents with complex choices about how to combine work and care. In this paper, we draw on a qualitative study in London to explore the extent to which the large-scale entry of women into waged work is altering women's understandings of their duties and responsibilities to care for others. We conclude that their decisions are influenced by class position, entrenched gender inequalities in the labour market, varying abilities to pay for care and complex gendered understandings of caring responsibilities.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1470-1197
Uncontrolled Keywords:worklife balance, childcare, gendered moral rationalities, narratives of care
Research Community:University of Westminster > Policy Studies Institute (PSI)
ID Code:2017
Deposited On:14 Jun 2006
Last Modified:26 Sep 2011 17:13

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