Balancing Work and Family in a Changing Society

The Fathers’ Perspective

  • Authors
  • Isabella Crespi
  • Elisabetta Ruspini

Part of the Global Masculinities book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Editors’ Introduction: Men, Fathers, and Work-Family Balance—An Exploration across Continents

  3. Fatherhood and Men’s Work-Life Balance: A Theoretical Framework across Continents

  4. Changing Fathers: Work, Children, and Reconciliation Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Lluís Flaquer, Almudena Moreno Mínguez, Tomás Cano López
      Pages 65-81
    3. Tomoko Matsuda, Saori Kamano, Mieko Takahashi, Setsuko Onode, Kyoko Yoshizumi
      Pages 99-112
    4. Maria Letizia Bosoni, Isabella Crespi, Elisabetta Ruspini
      Pages 129-145
  5. Fathers’ Work-Family Life Balance: Conflicts and Challenges

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-229

About this book


Both research and policy on balancing work and family life have tended to focus on mothers' lives. There has been a general lack of comparative research to the complex intersection between old and new forms of masculinity; and between fatherhood, work-life balance, gender relations and children's well-being. As a result, men's fathering roles and their struggle with work-life balance have often been neglected. These cultural challenges should be better theorized within family and social policy research. This volume examines how fathers fulfill their roles both within the family and at work and what institutional support could be of most benefit to them in combining these roles.


Gender Men Fathers Fatherhood Work-family balance children conflicts culture family father gender Italy philosophy social science sociology work

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