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Women's WorkHow Mothers Manage Flexible Working in Careers and Family Life$
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Zoe Young

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781529202021

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529202021.001.0001

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Doing Flexibility

Doing Flexibility

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Women's Work

Zoe Young

Policy Press

This chapter explains how women redesign their jobs, create new workspaces, and how they manage the temporal and spatial boundaries between their professional work and their family work. It deals with the work-related experiences and outcomes of women's transitions under three scenarios: converting a full-time job into a part-time job, job-sharing, and working from home. Time is the central theme in this discussion. Women embarking upon a part-time work pattern ideally seek private, protected time off work: a niche of inaccessibility. However, very few women in professional and managerial jobs in this study feel it is either realistic or advantageous to their career prospects to be completely inaccessible on non-work day.

Keywords:   working women, professional work, family, full-time job, part-time job, job-sharing

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