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Social Policy Review 26Analysis and debate in social policy, 2014$
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Kevin Farnsworth, Zoë Irving, and Menno Fenger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315568

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315568.001.0001

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Economic crisis, work–life balance and class

Economic crisis, work–life balance and class

(p.11) One Economic crisis, work–life balance and class
Social Policy Review 26

Tracey Warren

Policy Press

In Chapter One, Tracey Warren focuses on the changing nature of the work-life balance in the light of the economic crisis. While much of the focus of social policy analysis in the past has been on the impact on family life of ever-longer working hours (for those in work), Warren argues that we need to consider also the impact of the post-2008 economic crisis on work-time underemployment and on economic security. Most importantly, Warren offers insights into the class dimensions of the work-life balance debate, arguing that there is a clear difference between how the middle and working classes experience and manage the work life in the UK.

Keywords:   work-life balance, social policy analysis, working hours, underemployment, economic crisis, class

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