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SOC314 April 3rd readings

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University of Toronto St. George
Bonnie Fox

Kathleen Gerson Chapter 8Unpredictable personal and social challenges make gender flexibility and workfamily balance not just appealing but essentialThey reject a forced choice between personal autonomy and lasting commitment preferring a relationship and a vision of the self that honours bothPreference for private solutions over political action may look like apathy but it actually reflects a growing need and potential for broader institutional changeMost have limited faith that the government will act on their behalf or for the common goodMost of the men and women doubt public solutions they appear to prefer private solutions in regards to balancing earning and caringArmed with faith in themselves men and women stress personal control rather than social supportsYoung women and men from all backgrounds hope to build a careers minimizing dominance from aboveThose with middleclass resources and educational credentials focus on professional work and the possibility of upward career mobility while those with more modest financial and school resources seek ways to avoid hierarchies all togetherPersonal autonomy and job flexibility essential for achieving earning and caring balanceWant to be their own bossesYoung workers of all stripes seek economic rewards but not necessarily income maximization they are searching for work that balances good enough earnings with flexibility autonomy and time for the rest of lifePrefer balance between earning and caring not specializationBy claiming the right to build unconventional work trajectories young people are closing the gap between male and female jobs Economic and technological changes may make it easier for young workers to coordinate their work and caretaking efforts but they also make it easier for work to invade the time and space once set aside for private lifeBy redefining the ideal partner and crossing the spatial and temporal boundaries separating public and private life it is possible to strive for a shared workfamily careerDrawing on their own experiences most prefer to stress the quality of a familys bonds and the flexibility of its membersWant instead to combine the traditional value of forging a lifelong commitment with the contemporary values of living a balanced life and creating a flexible egalitarian partnership
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