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This quantity will specialise in leading edge learn that examines how the character of paid paintings intersects with kinfolk and private existence this day. even though a few staff have extra balance than others, emerging source of revenue inequality, the continuing upward thrust of nonstandard paintings, additional erosion of unions, technological developments that inspire permeable barriers among paintings and residential, and the pressures of a world 24/7 financial system generate an air of mystery of lack of confidence for all. a few staff are operating lengthy hours yet have a few regulate over whilst, the place and the way they paintings; many others are poorly compensated and fight with underemployment, have little say over their schedules, lack enough advantages, and needs to cobble jointly numerous jobs and/or count seriously on kinship networks to make ends meet. those adjustments recommend the necessity for nuanced analyses which are delicate to type edition in paintings stipulations and to varied kin formations. study that addresses how present paintings stipulations are skilled in numerous existence path phases and in numerous coverage contexts can also be had to absolutely comprehend the work-family interface.

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My aim in moving beyond the identification of an individual as a “segmenter” or an “integrator” is to understand the meanings of the workÀfamily boundary in the context of respondents’ lives. The same set of objective workÀfamily demands may be viewed differently, by men and women for example, and result in different appraisals, depending on how they believe they should live their lives and how they perceive actually it is. I use the concept of “ethical boundaries” with reference to definitions of “the right thing to do” regarding work and care demands, which are understood as historically variable and affected by the social, economic, and historical context in which people live.

For example, Thomas, aged 41 and with a four-year-old son, who, at the time of the interview taught at a university on a project contract, said that he had always looked for 16 ANNA CARRERI a flexible job and avoided standard work, because among other advantages it gave him time to spend with his son: Again, there are many positive aspects, because I am at Alessio’s (his son) disposal. Unfortunately, children often get sick when they are young and being at home has some advantages because I can give Cristina (his partner) a hand, so that Cristina, who is often at home, is not completely alone.

But, really, for me it is essential in my opinion, more so nowadays, the presence of a parent … I mean of both parents in a child’s life, it is certainly important. I have seen many [family] situations where yes, there was great wealth, but in reality the child was happier with a little less but a bit more participating dad. The quality, as they say so often, the quality of time counts but also the amount does! (Francesco, a 34-year-old father working without contract) This quote shows that men perceived economic contribution as a basic commitment but it played a minor role in their understanding of what makes a father a “good” father: time spent with children mattered more.

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