Work-Lifestyle Choices in the 21st Century: Preference Theory

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OUP Oxford, Nov 2, 2000 - Business & Economics - 356 pages
In this book, Hakim presents a new, multi-disciplinary theory for explaining and predicting current and future patterns of women's choice between employment and family work. Preference theory is the first theory developed specifically to explain women's behaviour and choices. As such, it constitutes a major break from male-centred theorizing to date in sociology and economics. Preference theory is grounded on the substantial body of new research on women's work and fertility that has flourished within feminist scholarship. It identifies five major historical changes that collectively are producing a qualitatively new scenario for women in prosperous societies in the 21st century. Throughout the analysis, the USA and Britain illustrate what the new scenario means for women, how it alters their preferences and work-lifestyles choices. Hakim also reviews research evidence on contemporary developments across Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, and the far East to develop a new theory that is genuine international in perspective.
 

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Contents

Introduction A Social Science Theory for the 21st Century
1
The Failure to Predict
22
Causes of the New Scenario
43
The Polarization of Preferences and Behaviour
84
Things are Different in the Younger Generations Evidence from Longitudinal Studies
128
Heterogeneous Preferences
157
Marriage Markets and Educational Equality
193
Policy Applications
223
Preferences among Men
254
Conclusions
273
REFERENCES
290
AUTHOR INDEX
325
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Catherine Hakim, Senior Research Fellow, London School of Economics

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