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The division of professional and family labour

Walter Van Dongen

in Towards a democratic division of labour in Europe?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781847422941
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304029 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422941.003.0001
The division of professional and family labour

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This chapter discusses the transition of European societies to a new basic model. The chapter then presents an historical account of the different models that existed in Western societies from the 18th to the 21st century. This chapter also discusses the features and characteristics of the ‘Combination Model’ as a broad scientific instrument for developing an integrated policy for the division of professional and family work in democratic societies. The Combination Model aims at an adequate empirical picture of the gradual division of labour between men and women, with sufficient attention paid to the relevant characteristics. To show the development and meaning of the Combination Model in European countries and a few other OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, a brief comparison with other models is presented. While emphasising the similarities between the models, this chapter also highlights the differences, according to societal background, scientific discipline and conceptual/normative approach. This chapter also discusses the development of the Combination Model in Flanders, Belgium and the meaning of the Combination Model for other European countries.

Keywords: society; Europe; Belgium; labour; societal models; democracy

Chapter.  6778 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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