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Globalization, Uncertainty and Women’s Careers

An International Comparison Edited by Hans-Peter Blossfeld, Professor of Sociology, University of Bamberg and Heather Hofmeister, Frankfurt Goethe-Universität, Germany
Globalization, Uncertainty and Women’s Careers assesses the effects of globalization on the life courses of women in thirteen countries across Europe and America in the second half of the 20th century.
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Globalization, Uncertainty and Women’s Careers assesses the effects of globalization on the life courses of women in thirteen countries across Europe and America in the second half of the 20th century.

The book represents the first-ever longitudinal analysis of micro-level data from these OECD countries focusing exclusively on women’s relationship to the labor market in a globalizing world. The contributors thoroughly examine women’s employment entries, exits and job mobility and present evidence of women’s increased labor market attachment and reduced employment quality in most of the countries studied. They also systematically consider the life course changes influenced by larger transformations in society and, in doing so, explicitly link the phenomena of globalization to individual women’s lives in Europe and North America.

Highlighting the consequences of specific national policies on women’s lives, women’s labor market participation, and demographic phenomena such as low fertility, this book will prove invaluable to academics, students, researchers, practitioners and policymakers seeking to understand the effects of international social change on national contexts and individual lives.
Contributors: H.-P. Blossfeld, S. Buchholz, E. Bukodi, K. Golsch, D. Grunow, D. Hamplová, J. Helemäe, D. Hofäcker, H. Hofmeister, M. Kalmijn, T. Korpi, S. Leth-Sørensen, D. Lück, R. Luijkx, M. Mills, E.A. Parrado, M. Pisati, A. Plomien, P. Róbert, E. Saar, A. Schizzerotto, C. Simo Noguera, C. Stern
Contents:

Preface

Foreword

PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Globalization, Uncertainty and Women’s Mid-Career Life Courses: A Theoretical Framework
Heather Hofmeister, Hans-Peter Blossfeld and Melinda Mills

2. Women’s Employment in Times of Globalization: A Comparative Overview
Dirk Hofäcker

PART II: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS ON CONSERVATIVE WELFARE REGIMES
3. Women’s Employment in West Germany
Sandra Buchholz and Daniela Grunow

4. Changes in Women’s Employment and Occupational Mobility in the Netherlands: 1995 to 2000
Matthijs Kalmijn and Ruud Luijkx

PART III: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS ON SOCIAL-DEMOCRATIC WELFARE REGIMES
5. Globalization, Deindustrialization and the Labor Market Experiences of Swedish Women, 1950 to 2000
Tomas Korpi and Charlotta Stern

6. Danish Women’s Unemployment, Job Mobility and Non-Employment, 1980s and 1990s: Marked by Globalization?
Daniela Grunow and Søren Leth-Sørensen

PART IV: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS ON POST-SOCIALIST WELFARE REGIMES
7. Women’s Career Mobility in Hungary
Erzsébet Bukodi and Péter Róbert

8. Women’s Employment in Estonia
Jelena Helemäe and Ellu Saar

9. Women and the Labor Market in the Czech Republic: Transition from a Socialist to a Social-Democratic Regime?
Dana Hamplová

10. Women and the Labor Market in Poland: From Socialism to Capitalism
Ania Plomien

PART V: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS ON LIBERAL WELFARE REGIMES
11. Women’s Employment in Britain
Katrin Golsch

12. Women’s Employment Transitions and Mobility in the United States: 1968 to 1991
Heather Hofmeister

PART VI: COUNTRY-SPECIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS ON FAMILY-ORIENTED WELFARE REGIMES
13. Labor Force Dynamics and Occupational Attainment Across Three Cohorts of Women in Urban Mexico
Emilio A. Parrado

14. Mid-Career Women in Contemporary Italy: Economic and Institutional Changes
Maurizio Pisati and Antonio Schizzerotto

15. Hard Choices: Can Spanish Women Reconcile Job and Family?
Carles Simó Noguera

PART VII: CONCLUSIONS
16. The Impact of Gender Role Attitudes on Women’s Life Courses
Detlev Lück

17. Women’s Careers in an Era of Uncertainty: Conclusions from a 13-Country International Comparison
Heather Hofmeister and Hans-Peter Blossfeld

Index