ERIC Number: ED469004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Work-Lifestyle Choices in the 21st Century: Preference Theory.
This book proposes a new, multidisciplinary theory for explaining and predicting current and future patterns of women's choice between employment and family work. Chapters 1 and 2 present main tenets of preference theory and explain the need for the theory. Chapters 3 through 8 elaborate four principal tenets of preference theory. Chapter 3 identifies five historical changes producing a qualitatively new scenario for women in prosperous societies in the 21st century. Chapter 4 looks at polarization of sex-role preferences and behavior. Chapter 5 looks at the same topics to see if younger generations display less polarization and then considers whether longitudinal studies reveal stability of work-lifestyle preferences across life history. Chapter 6 sets out principal differences among three preference groups (home-centered, adaptive, and work-centered); considers sources of differences; explores contextual constraints; and outlines consequences for differential policy-responsiveness. Chapter 7 reviews research evidence on marriage markets, especially how women use them as avenues for marital mobility and alternative "career ladders" to labor markets. Chapter 8 considers national and international governmental fiscal and social policies, identifying those that support each preference group, and family-friendly policies developed by employers and trade unions to see whether they are, or could be, designed to offer benefits to all groups. Chapter 9 offers a preliminary outline of how the theory applies to men. Chapter 10 summarizes results, suggests the theory offers a new perspective on theoretical and research puzzles, and argues for a new approach to cross-national comparisons of women's employment. An author index and a subject index are also included. (Contains 744 references and 31 tables.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Age Differences, Career Choice, Career Development, Developed Nations, Dual Career Family, Employed Women, Employment Patterns, Family Life, Family Work Relationship, Females, Foreign Countries, Income, Life Style, Males, Marriage, Mate Selection, Occupational Aspiration, Public Policy, Role Theory, Sex Role, Social Environment, Social History, Social Influences, Sociocultural Patterns, Unions, World Views
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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