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Care and Career: a value conflict with a woman’s face
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, The Centre for the Study of Religion and Society.
2011 (English)In: Beliefs and Values: Understanding the Global Implications of Human Nature, ISSN 1942-0617, Vol. 3, no 1, 18-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Motherhood, within the dynamics of the communities studied in the Welfare and Values in Europe (WaVE) project, is an important factor that can both draw women closer to mainstream society and push them away. In this article, primarily focusing on the results of the case study conducted in Darlington, England, the values which underpin this gender-specific tension between care and career are discussed. The study has shown that while by no means a phenomenon exclusive to the minority communities studied, or necessarily related to religious belief, gender-specific tension is particularly evident within minority and religious groups. In the choice between career and caring, values of independence, selfdetermination, and personal fulfilment collide with those of duty to the family and the self-sufficiency of the family unit. These conflicts are evident today, but also, to an increasing extent, are being stored up for the future. Methodological questions regarding the complexity of studying the intersection of beliefs and values and their expression in everyday activities are discussed. At the same time, a contribution is made to the development of theory surrounding value formation and individual identity construction in late modern society.

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Springer , 2011. Vol. 3, no 1, 18-27 p.
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welfare, gender, care, career, motherhood, values
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Sociology of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-134407OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-134407DiVA: diva2:372374
Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2010-11-25 Created: 2010-11-25 Last updated: 2013-07-30Bibliographically approved

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