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Male Breadwinning Revisited : How Specialisation, Gender Role Attitudes and Work Characteristics Affect Overwork and Underwork in Europe

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posted on 2016-01-12, 12:08 authored by Shireen Kanji, R. Samuel
We examine how male breadwinning and fatherhood relate to men’s overwork and underwork in western Europe. Male breadwinners should be less likely to experience overwork than other men, particularly when they have children, if specialising in paid work suits them. However, multinomial logistic regression analysis of the European Social Survey data from 2010 (n = 4662) challenges this position: male breadwinners, with and without children, want to work fewer than their actual hours, making visible one of the downsides of specialisation. Male breadwinners wanting to work fewer hours is specifically related to the job interfering with family life, as revealed by a comparison of the average marginal effects of variables across models. Work–life interference has an effect over and beyond the separate effects of work characteristics and family structure, showing the salience of the way work and life articulate.

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Sociology, 2015, On line first

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Management

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Sociology

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SAGE Publications

issn

0038-0385

eissn

1469-8684

Acceptance date

2015-06-01

Copyright date

2015

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2016-01-12

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http://soc.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/08/25/0038038515596895

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en

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