The Gender Dimension of Social Change

The Contribution of Dynamic Research to the Study of Women's Life Courses

Edited by Elisabetta Ruspini and Angela Dale

The Gender Dimension of Social Change

Edited by Elisabetta Ruspini and Angela Dale

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

312 pages
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781861343321 Published May 2002 For sale in North and South America only
The transformations that are now taking place in women's lives are of great interest to social scientists and policy makers, yet we know very little about the impact of this social change over time. This new study uses longitudinal data - information gathered over a considerable period of time - to provide new insights into the changing dynamics of lives of women today. In particular, it explores the potential of longitudinal or life course analysis as a powerful tool for appreciating the gender dimension of social life.The contributors view the data from a policy perspective and use comparative analysis from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Japan to expand our understanding of women's life courses in relation to both men and women and the system of inequality.

Part I: Introduction

Introduction ~ Elisabetta Ruspini and Angela Dale

Women and social change ~ Elisabetta Ruspini

Survey designs for longitudinal research ~ Elisabetta Ruspini

Part II: The issues

The role of education on postponement of maternity in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden ~ Siv Gustafsson, Eiko Kenjoh and Cécile Wetzels

The financial consequences of relationship dissolution for women in Western Europe ~ Caroline Dewilde

Women's incomes over a snythetic lifetime ~ Heather Joshi and Hugh Davies

Fixed-term contracts and unemployment at the beginning of the employment career in Germany: does gender matter? ~ Karin Kurz

Women and self-employment: the case of television production workers in Britain ~ Shirley Dex and Colin Smith

Gender wage differentials in Britain and Japan ~ Yayoi Sugihashi and Angela Dale

Longitudinal analysis and the constitution of the concept of gender ~ Jane Elliott

Part III: Data sources

Concluding comments ~ Elisabetta Ruspini and Angela Dale

Appendix: Description and characteristics of longitudinal data sets used in the book ~ Elisabetta Ruspini 

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