Contemporary Motherhood: The Impact of Children on Adult Time
In this timely book Lyn Craig provides the first comprehensive account of how parents divide their time between caring for children, housework, paid work and leisure. Using large-scale quantitative time-use data , the book provides a detailed analysis of the impact of children upon adult time. This research reveals a unique picture of how parenthood affects daily life within households, and how people’s (paid and unpaid) workload is affected by parenthood. By looking at how the costs and benefits of children are currently conceptualized and apportioned, Contemporary Motherhood shows what becoming a mother entails and why it is so challenging to raise children. Suggesting an explanation for why fertility rates are dramatically dropping, the book makes a significant contribution to the debate on contemporary motherhood and will interest scholars and students in sociology and social policy with an interest in the sociology of the family, gender and sexuality, and the sociology of youth.
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2 Approach Data and Method
3 The Time Penalty of Parenthood
4 Gender Equivalence or Hidden Inequity?
5 Protecting Parental Time with Kids?
6 Earning Capacity versus Caring Capacity
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ABS TUS adult allocation amount analysis Australian Author’s calculations average Bianchi Bittman cent Chapter child care activities child-free Childcare Coefficients of hours Constant term cost of children couple families day spent dependent variable division of labour domestic labour dummy variables ECLAC economic economies of scale equivalence scales Esping-Andersen Father Mother Father female Feminist Economics Folbre gender equity Gershuny hours a day household level households in child housework human capital impact of children increase interactive Italy leisure less male maternal minutes a day Mother Father Mother motherhood mothers and fathers MTUS non-parental child non-working mothers Norway Number and age number of children OECD omitted category opportunity cost paid and unpaid parenthood primary activity Research responsibility Robinson and Godbey secondary activity Social Policy sole mothers spent by mothers Table theory threat point time-use total workload unpaid labour vocational qualifications welfare Youngest 3-4 youngest child aged