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The Time Bind—Work And Family Interface

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Perhaps the most significant social development that has affected family life globally is the entry of women into paid work. This chapter examines how paid work affects quality of marriage and contributes to sustaining marriages. Conflict in the work-family interface is often triggered by the blurring demarcation between family time and work time. The quantitative indicators of how much work was done included number of hours worked, frequency of overtime work, and frequency of business travels. Sociologists researching on work-family issues have long cautioned against the myth of the dual-sphere ideology. The ideology assumes a neat compartmentalization and separation of work and family, and thus, nullifies the strong correlation between paid work and family time. Marriage is the beginning of a new life together for two persons who are, for the most part, relatively unknown to each other prior to their courtship.

Keywords: courtship; dual-sphere ideology; overtime work; social development; work-family interface



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