Speaker: Professor Tracey Warren (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sociology/people/tracey.warren)
The common conclusion from work-life studies is that work-life imbalance is largely a middle-class problem. It will be argued that this classed assertion is a direct outcome of a particular and narrow interpretation of work-life imbalance in which time is seen to be the major cause of difficulty. Labour market time, and too much of it, dominates the conceptualization of work-life and its measurement.
This paper focuses on how work-life balance is measured in major surveys. It demonstrates a heavy focus on ‘too much’ labour market time across key data-sets, and the absence of financial constraints in any understanding of im/balance. It is argued that this approach has rendered largely invisible from work-life studies the types of imbalance that are more likely to impact the working-class. The paper challenges the study of work life balance to move beyond its core interest in the middle-class and in measuring their time-pressured work-lives. The work-life balance debate needs to more fully incorporate and measure economic- and not just time-based imbalances if it is to better explore class inequalities.
Tracey Warren is a Professor of Sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, UK. Her research interests lie in the sociology of work and employment. More specifically, these interests include inequalities in work-time; income, wealth and financial security; work-life balance/reconciliation in Europe; and time poverty.
FREE. All welcome. No registration required. Tea/coffee from 3.45. Info: http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:q7y-itpsuj2c-sqothr