Sex Roles

, Volume 63, Issue 7–8, pp 598–600 | Cite as

Valuing Work, Valuing Care: Policy Logics, Context and Parental Choice

Work-Family Balance, Gender and Policy. By Jane Lewis, Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, Mass., Edward Elgar, 2009. 255 pp. $115 (hardback). ISBN: 978-1-84844-211-5
  • Lyn CraigEmail author
Book Review

Raising children requires both money and time. As mothers have entered the paid work force over recent decades, finding time to care for children has become more difficult for families (Jacobs and Gerson 2004). The issue of work-family balance has become pressing, and more widely recognised as an important concern for social policy (Gornick and Meyers 2009). Policy has tended to focus on the paid work side of the equation, but family care also matters (Folbre 2007). Both paid work and care are socially necessary, and failing to distribute them fairly creates important social inequities, both between those with family care responsibilities and those without, and between men and women within families.

In this authoritative and beautifully written book, Jane Lewis addresses the vexed question of how societies can ensure that individuals and families are able to both support themselves and to care for their dependants without material disadvantage. She focuses on the care of children,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social Policy Research CentreUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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