Employed family carers in Austria. The interplays of paid and unpaid work—beyond “reconciliation”

Karin Sardadvar, Ingrid Mairhuber

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review

Abstract

In this contribution, we investigate the relationships between paid and unpaid work in the lifeworlds of employed informal carers against the background of the Austrian long-term care regime. We pursue a twofold argument: On the one hand, we emphasize that combining paid and unpaid work currently poses serious difficulties for employed family carers in their everyday lives and impacts their current and future financial and social security. On the other hand, we argue that the relationships between employment and informal care are in fact not well understood by the common concepts of “reconciliation” or “work-life balance”. These concepts are not able to explain the complexities of employed carers’ lived realities and fail to adequately address the fundamental contradiction in the idea of a “reconciliation” of paid and unpaid work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61 - 72
JournalÖsterreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie (ÖZS)
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 504011 Genealogy
  • 504014 Gender studies
  • 509 not use (legacy)
  • 509012 Social policy

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