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Working Hours and Gender Equality: Examples from Care Work in the Swedish Public Sector
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2011 (English)In: Gender, Work and Organization, ISSN 0968-6673, E-ISSN 1468-0432, Vol. 18, no 5, 508-527 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study addresses questions related to the double-edged character of part-time work by looking at the Swedish situation, with its large share of female part-time work as well as a high share of involuntary part-time employment among women. The discussion relates to the changing conditions in and ongoing modernization of the public sector - an important employer for women - with a focus on care work organized by the municipalities. The issue that is addressed is the part-time regime that characterizes these jobs and the likely consequences of a policy change on contracted working hours. This change has been brought about by concerns on the need to meet the growing demand for personnel in care work but also by a generally expressed dissatisfaction among the women who are employed part-time involuntarily. The attempt by several municipalities to introduce more full-time positions is a result of a government programme (2002-2005) aiming to reduce the problem with part-time unemployment. Based on the reports from that programme, this article explores the consequences of the ongoing remodelling of the working time regime, especially concerning gender equality.

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2011. Vol. 18, no 5, 508-527 p.
Keyword [en]
part-time work, public sector, gender division of labour, Sweden, underemployment and involuntary part-time employment
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-158581DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0432.2011.00563.xISI: 000294116700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-158581DiVA: diva2:440472
Available from: 2011-09-13 Created: 2011-09-12 Last updated: 2012-01-23Bibliographically approved

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