This paper analyses gender relations in Italy with an emphasis on work-life balance. Despite the fact that the expression 'double yes'-meaning yes to participation in the labour market and yes to motherhood-has recently become a popular and optimistic thesis in several Italian public debates on women at work, realities are more complex. Discussions on the work-life balance enable us to better understand the full scope of labour relations by considering both the spheres of domestic and paid labour. Quantitative and qualitative data show that the issue of the work-life balance is still a critical question for many women in Italy. We explore the dilemmas young women face in their attempts to balance motherhood and paid work/careers. Drawing on national quantitative data sets and on original in-depth interviews, we contend that the 'double yes' solution not only does not take into account the restricted options available to many working women, but it also does not imply any cultural innovation in gender roles. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Falcinelli, D., Magaraggia, S. (2013). “Double yes” but for whom? Gender Innovation in Italian Families. JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN STUDIES, 21, 290-303 [10.1080/14782804.2013.815468].

“Double yes” but for whom? Gender Innovation in Italian Families

MAGARAGGIA, SVEVA MARIA
Secondo
2013

Abstract

This paper analyses gender relations in Italy with an emphasis on work-life balance. Despite the fact that the expression 'double yes'-meaning yes to participation in the labour market and yes to motherhood-has recently become a popular and optimistic thesis in several Italian public debates on women at work, realities are more complex. Discussions on the work-life balance enable us to better understand the full scope of labour relations by considering both the spheres of domestic and paid labour. Quantitative and qualitative data show that the issue of the work-life balance is still a critical question for many women in Italy. We explore the dilemmas young women face in their attempts to balance motherhood and paid work/careers. Drawing on national quantitative data sets and on original in-depth interviews, we contend that the 'double yes' solution not only does not take into account the restricted options available to many working women, but it also does not imply any cultural innovation in gender roles. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico
gender work feminism
English
290
303
14
Falcinelli, D., Magaraggia, S. (2013). “Double yes” but for whom? Gender Innovation in Italian Families. JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN STUDIES, 21, 290-303 [10.1080/14782804.2013.815468].
Falcinelli, D; Magaraggia, S
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/10281/146562
Citazioni
  • Scopus 5
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
Social impact