Employed family carers in Austria

Sardadvar, Karin and Mairhuber, Ingrid (2018) Employed family carers in Austria. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie (ÖZS), 43 (1). pp. 61-72. ISSN 1862-2585

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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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open access funding provided by Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).
Keywords: Family carers, Informal care, Long-term care regime, Reconciliation, Work-life balance
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Soziologie u Empirische Sozialforschung
Version of the Document: Published
Variance from Published Version: None
Depositing User: Mohammad Al Hessan
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 12:14
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2020 11:24
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/85667/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/6136


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