Choosing to compromise: women studying childcare

Wright, Hazel R. (2013) Choosing to compromise: women studying childcare. Gender and Education, 25 (2). pp. 206-219. ISSN 1360-0516

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Reporting on a study of mature women training to work in childcare, this article demonstrates how some women choose to be part-time mothers, workers and students, wanting ‘the best of both worlds’. It presents a theory of integrated lives that contrasts with customary deficit models and shows how a series of reciprocal links bind the women's different roles together, introducing an adaptation of Coser's theory of greedy institutions to demonstrate how this is an inherently stable position. Whilst the theory can stand alone, it is usefully recast as a localised example of a capability set as it frames the co-realisable choices open to the women. Making further links with Amartya Sen's capability approach, it is suggested that we should encourage governmental interventions that enable individual choice and support those women who want to integrate their lives alongside those who seek parity in the public sphere.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: sociology, identities, women, education, capability approach, greedy institutions
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2013 14:59
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:16

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