This brief and accessible title integrates contemporary scholarly research with compelling vignettes to make it appealing to both instructors and undergraduate audiences. While focused on the United States in respect to its target audience and emphasis, it contains considerable international data that compares and contrasts social policies adopted in Europe and elsewhere. In so doing, it shows both the strengths and the limitations of the approaches used in the U.S. This title is the only single source that summarizes the origins of work–family concerns, the diversities of needs and experiences, the impact of tensions on the family front, the consequences of tensions for employers, and different types of policies that can make meaningful differences not only in the lives of employees, but also potentially in job quality and national productivity.

Global Perspectives on the Work-Family Interface: International Comparative Analysis and Transnational Relationships

Global perspectives on the work-family interface: International comparative analysis and transnational relationships

This chapter looks at global perspectives on the work-family interface and how these lenses can inform policy and practice. International comparative analyses can reveal strengths, limitations, and weaknesses in ways the work-family interface is organized. By considering other societies, this comparative approach expands the imagination of what can be done to reconcile institutional tensions and recognizes possible trade-offs in dismantling one type of approach in favor of another. Attention is then drawn to transnational connections and the ways family and work arrangements are interconnected across societies. This perspective reveals that arrangements in the United States are made possible, in part, by work-family ...

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