Managing care work and family life

Julia Brannen, June Statham, Ann Mooney and Michaela Brockmann

in Coming to care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348500
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301882 | DOI:
Managing care work and family life

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This chapter explores childcare workers' work–family practices and draws upon three sets of data. First, drawing upon the interviews with managers, it outlines work–family policies and practices in the local authorities upon which the study focused. Second, drawing upon data from the Postal Survey, the chapter compares the responses of the four types of childcare workers to direct questions about the effects of care work on family life and about the effects of family life on care work. Third, it draws upon the biographical interviews in order to understand how, at the micro level, individual care workers of different kinds negotiated their work–family lives and the nature of the issues they confronted.

Keywords: childcare workers; work–family policies; care work; biographical interviews; surveys

Chapter.  10869 words. 

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