Converence on Work and Family: Expanding Horizons
>CALL FOR PAPERS FOR AN ACADEMIC CONFERENCE,the
> "WORK AND FAMILY: EXPANDING THE HORIZONS"
> March 3-4, 2000
> Cathedral Hill Hotel, San Francisco, California
> Sponsored by the Business and Professional Women's Foundation,
> The Center for Working Families, University of California, Berkeley,
> and the Sloan Foundation
>DESCRIPTION OF THE CONFERENCE:
> Over the last two decades, research on paid work and family life in
>U.S. has flourished, resulting in an enormous body of new information.
>However, we still lack an over-all conceptual approach that links the daily
>struggles of working parents with broad structural changes, such as shifts
>in the organization of paid work brought about by rapid economic change and
>advanced technologies; the growing polarization of social classes; and the
>decline of state provisioning for families and children. More attention
>to links between changing institutions and the daily lives of working
>families will strengthen this field of research and policy-making. We
>welcome papers from a wide range of perspectives on work and family. The
>plenary sessions will highlight fresh angles of vision and seek to
>articulate a more comprehensive approach to this area of research.
>AMONG THE TOPICS TO BE CONSIDERED ARE:
>*Economic and social trends (such as globalization, the move to a service
>economy, widening income gaps, new waves of immigration) and the changing
>contours of U.S. work and family life.
>*New technologies and the reconfiguring of relationships between work and
>*The effects of changes in state policies (e.g., welfare reform and
>diminished funding for schools, parks, and libraries; family leave
>legislation; or movements to fund more after-school programs) on the daily
>lives of working families.
>*The development and impact of family-friendly workplace policies in
>various sectors of the economy, and in relation to the activities of labor
>unions and the policies of local, state, and national government.
>*Relationships between families, markets, the state, and civil society,
>including comparative research in different national contexts.
>*Families negotiating jobs, schools, childcare, and other institutions.
>*The challenges and options for small businesses who want to implement
>*The development of children growing up in working families, at all stages
>*Bringing the experiences of children, grandparents, the disabled, and
>dependent elderly family members into research on work and family.
>*Exploring other areas of research for insight into changing relations of
>work and family (for example, the dynamics of Social Security and Medicare;
>school choice and movements for school reform; the organization of urban
>and suburban neighborhoods; the declining spatial autonomy of contemporary
>children; labor organizing strategies; trends in urban planning; housing
>policies and the design of domestic spaces).
>*Trade-offs between time binds and money binds
>*Gender relations at work, in families, in child-care arrangements.
>*Diverse kinship and family arrangements and the dynamics of paid and
>*The rituals and myths of working families.
>*The organization and the gender and racial-ethnic dynamics of caring work,
>and of cultures of care.
>*Consumerism and the varied experiences of working families.
>*The emotional dimensions of work and family
>Submitted proposals should represent original work and should not be
>previously published. Authors are encouraged to submit proposals that
>address the topics in this call, but other topics related to the Conference
>theme will also be considered. Papers will be selected by academic peer
>***** FOR A COPY OF THE FULL CALL FOR PAPERS, WHICH INCLUDES SUBMISSION
>REQUIREMENTS (submissions must be postmarked by SEPTEMBER 30, 1999),
>REGISTRATION FORMS, AND HOTEL INFORMATION:
> ---> Check the conference website:
> ---> Or contact Jennifer Miller at the Business and Professional Women's
>Foundation: Phone 202-293-1100, ext. 190; e-mail jmiller@...
>Barrie Thorne Office phone: 510-643-1073
>Dept. of Sociology Office fax: 510-642-0659
>410 Barrows Hall
>Univ. of California Home phone: 510-549-0803
>Berkeley CA 94720 Home fax: 510-845-4030
>^^^^^Ratio of children in poverty in Canada, Australia, Sweden,
>^^^^^Germany, Netherlands is 1/3 of U.S. rate, of elderly, 1/4 of U.S.
> -New Field guide to US economy