Interactions of class, gender and policy: Implications for work-family conflict and satisfaction
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The aim of this article is to explore theinteractive effects of gender, social class and public policy on men’s andwomen’s subjective experiences of work-family conflict and work-familysatisfaction. The central idea is that effects of gender and class covariatebetween different types of family policy models. Most previous comparativeresearch on the experiences of work-family conflict among women and men indifferent social contexts has assumed that class effects are similar acrosspolicy models. However, the results in this paper point to a class asymmetrywhen it comes to effects of policy on men’s and women’s levels of work-familyconflict and work-family satisfaction in three countries representing typicalcases with regard to family policy model (Germany, the UK, and Sweden). Theanalysis draws on data from the 2002 round of the International Social SurveyProgramme concerning family and changing gender roles, and shows that patternsof work-family conflict and work-family satisfaction differ among welfarestates. In Sweden women both in the working class and the salaried classexperience higher work-family conflict than men. However, these feelings ofconflict go hand in hand with correspondingly higher levels of work-familysatisfaction. In Germany class cleavages are more prominent than gender withregard to experiences of work-family conflict, while in the UK, women in thesalaried classes stand out with the highest level of work-family conflict ofall groups. In both Germany and the UK, experiences of work-family satisfactiondo not differ significantly between men and women in different classes.
gender, class, family policy, work-family conflict, work-family satisfaction
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61666OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-61666DiVA: diva2:571350