Journal article

Gender Inequalities and Risk During the 'Rush Hour' of Life

DD Bowman, E Bodsworth, JO Zinn

Social Policy and Society | Cambridge University Press | Published : 2013

Abstract

Increasingly, social policies combine to intensify old risks and create new social risks with unequal consequences for men and women. These risks include those created by changing normative expectations and the resulting tensions between social policy, paid employment and family life. Policy reliance on highly aggregated standardised outcome data and generalised models of autonomous rational action result in policies that lack an understanding of the rationales that structure everyday life. Drawing on two Australian studies, we illustrate the importance of attending to the intersections and collisions of social change and normative policy frameworks from the perspective of individual ‘lived ..

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