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This book examines the organization of domestic life in the context of recent economic change. Lydia Morris argues that relationships within the household can only be understood with reference to the social and economic environment in which it is located. Through an analysis of economic changes in post--war Britain and the United States, the author examines the structure of labour markets, systems of welfare and local social networks. She charts the theoretical positions which have been developed with respect to the connection between the household and the labour market. Aspects of this link include male unemployment, the significance of female employment, the significance of role reversal, the organization of domestic labour, the management of household finance and the position of young people in the household. Finally, the author examines welfare provision and access to employment generally in order to assess their effects on the organization of the household. This highly original work offers a new approach to the study of the a householda , shedding new light on gender relations and the structure and processes of the labour market.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 14mm | 334g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0745604420
  • 9780745604428

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This book examines the organization of domestic life in the context of recent economic change. Lydia Morris argues that relationships within the household can only be understood with reference to the social and economic environment in which it is located. Through an analysis of economic changes in post-war Britain and the United States, the author examines the structure of labour markets, systems of welfare and local social networks. She charts the theoretical positions which have been developed with respect to the connection between the household and the labour market. Aspects of this link include male unemployment, the significance of female employment, the significance of role reversal, the organization of domestic labour, the management of household finance and the position of young people in the household. Finally, the author examines welfare provision and access to employment generally in order to assess their effects on the organization of the household. This highly original work offers a new approach to the study of the 'household', shedding new light on gender relations and the structure and processes of the labour market.show more

About Lydia Morris

Lydia Morris has completed research on the household in poverty and economic decline in Puerto Rico, Mexico, South Wales and North East England. Her recent work has focussed particularly on the social and gender effects of male unemployment.show more

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a Impressive and original.a Times Higher Education Supplement a Judicous, intelligent booka Culture and Society a An invaluable bridge between the labour market and family studies; it will be essential as an undergraduate text and source for practitioners.a Sociology a Lydia Morris has produced an extremely useful guide to the proliferating body of research within social science which takes the household as its unit of analysis... an admirable book, interesting and thought--provoking. Well--written, clear and concise, it is to be recommended to anyone working in the areas it coversa Reviewing Sociologyshow more

Table of contents

1. Introduction. 2. Male Unemployment. 3. The Variable Experience of Male Unemployment. 4. Employment for Women. 5. The Division of Domestic Labour. 6. Household Finance. 7. Womena s Unemployment. 8. Young People and the Household. 9. The Household in Social Context. 10. Conclusion. References.show more