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ERIC Number: ED319648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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The Daily Lives of Women with Young Children: Redefining a "Woman's Place"?
Dyck, Isabel
The investigation of women's concerns and their position in society has attracted considerable attention throughout the social sciences since the mid-1970s. Particular interest has been shown in the social consequences of a wage labor force that has an increasing proportion of women workers. As women have entered the labor force in increasing numbers, changes have also occurred in household organization and family form. Research has begun to document women's changing activities, but there is little research on the spatial dimensions of women's lives as they experience this social change. This paper is based on research about the experiences of everyday life of women with young children who live in a rapidly growing suburban area of Greater Vancouver, British Columbia. The research investigates how the everyday routines of women are structured by notions of family life and motherhood which, in turn, are embedded in the localized effects of social, economic, and political relations that extend over time and space. It poses the question: in what way is space implicated in the ways in which women interpret and cope with the demands of their mothering role in this particular locality? One of the resources important to women in meeting these demands is "safe space" for childrearing. The paper presents preliminary findings of the study, which indicate the processes involved in the definition, creation, and use of such space, and its significance in the social and spatial structuring of the women's lives. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada