CANCELLED: CMIST Afternoon Seminar: Work-life balance and class: in search of working-class work-lives
|Dates:||9 February 2016|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Prof. Tracey Warren.|
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this seminar has had to be cancelled. We hope to rearrange this seminar for a future date.
The common conclusion from work-life studies is that work-life imbalance is largely a middle-class problem. It will be argued that this classed assertion is a direct outcome of a particular and narrow interpretation of work-life imbalance in which time is seen to be the major cause of difficulty. Labour market time, and too much of it, dominates the conceptualization of work-life and its measurement. This heavy focus on ‘too much’ labour market time has rendered largely invisible from work-life discourses the types of imbalance that are more likely to impact the working-class. The paper challenges the study of work life balance to move beyond its core interest in the middle-class and their time-pressured work-lives. The work-life balance debate needs to more fully incorporate economic- and not just time-based imbalances if it is to better represent class inequalities. The paper draws upon secondary analysis of large cross-sectional data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) and Understanding Society (US).
Tracey Warren is a Professor of Sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, UK. Her research interests lie in the sociology of work and employment. More specifically, these interests include inequalities in work-time; income, wealth and financial security; work-life balance/reconciliation in Europe; and time poverty.
Coffee and biscuits from 3.45
Prof. Tracey Warren.
Role: Professor of Sociology
Organisation: School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham,
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