Division of Labour, Work–Life Conflict and Family Policy: Conclusions and Reflections

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Division of Labour, Work–Life Conflict and Family Policy: Conclusions and Reflections


  • Michael Ochsner FORS—Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Ivett Szalma Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence, Hungary / Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
  • Judit Takács Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence, Hungary / KWI Essen—Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Germany


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Abstract:  This thematic issue aims to shed light on different facets of the relationship between division of labour within families and couples, work–life conflict and family policy. In this afterword, we provide a summary of the contributions by emphasizing three main aspects in need of further scrutiny: the conceptualisation of labour division within families and couples, the multilevel structure of relationships and the interactions of gender(ed) values at different levels of exploration.

Keywords:  division of labour; care work; family policy; gender equality; long-term care; non-paid work; work–family conflict; work–life balance; work–life conflict

Published:   9 October 2020


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v8i4.3620


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