Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Working parenthood and parental obligation

Dean, Hartley (2001) Working parenthood and parental obligation. Critical Social Policy, 21 (3). pp. 267-286. ISSN 0261-0183

Download (160kB) | Preview

Identification Number: 10.1177/026101830102100302


This article reports upon aspects of a small-scale qualitative study of low-income working families. The study was conducted in the context of recent policy changes in Britain that are intended to promote labour force participation by low-income parents, especially mothers. It is argued that while popular opinion is generally supportive of mothers taking paid employment, some deep-rooted ambivalence remains. Mothers in low-income families can experience the life-course transition involved as difficult in terms of the practical obstacles, the moral dilemmas and the ideological pressures. Without additional measures to support them in relation to their parental obligations low paid women are being pressed, at best, to exchange familial dependency for economic exploitation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2001 SAGE Publications
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 03:31

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics