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Tipping the balance: the problematic nature of work–life balance in a low-income neighbourhood

Dean, Hartley (2007) Tipping the balance: the problematic nature of work–life balance in a low-income neighbourhood. Journal of Social Policy, 36 (4). pp. 519-537. ISSN 0047-2794

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S004727940700116X


The article attempts to locate the contested notion of work–life balance within the context of global trends and recent policy developments. It describes a small-scale qualitative study of work–life balance as it is experienced within a low-income neighbourhood in the UK. The study findings are used to inform reflections on the powerlessness experienced by many working parents seeking to accommodate family life with paid employment; and on the nature of the calculative responsibilities that are imposed upon working parents by recent shifts in social and labour market policy. It is contended that policy makers should tip the balance of the work–life equation from the current preoccupation with business interests in favour of wider social responsibility concerns.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 21:15

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