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    “Doing the Job as a Parent”: Parenting Alone, Work, and Family Policy in Ireland

    Bradley, Ciara (2012) “Doing the Job as a Parent”: Parenting Alone, Work, and Family Policy in Ireland. Journal of Family Issues, 33. pp. 29-51. ISSN 0192-513X

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    Recent studies of family life in Ireland have focused on changes in “traditional” family structures, including the increase in one-parent families. This article illustrates the impact dominant conceptions in Irish society that privilege the family based on marriage have on one-parent family policy. The authors focus on two key areas of social interaction associated with family life— parenthood and (un)paid work—to identify both congruences and tensions between social policy and the needs of one-parent families. The article draws on interview and survey data collected in Galway in 2007 to show how existing welfare policies create some opportunities for those parenting alone while at the same time perpetuating inequalities within the gendered family context and across multiple generations.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Family; parenting alone; female work force; unpaid work; social policy; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 8412
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    Depositing User: Dr Ciara Bradley
    Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 16:19
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Family Issues
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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