Tipping the Balance: The Problematic Nature of Work–Life Balance in a Low-Income Neighbourhood

HARTLEY DEAN
2007 Journal of Social Policy  
The article attempts to locate the contested notion of work-life balance within the context of global trends and recent policy developments. It describes a small-scale qualitative study of work-life balance as it is experienced within a low-income neighbourhood in the UK. The study findings are used to inform reflections on the powerlessness experienced by many working parents seeking to accommodate family life with paid employment; and on the nature of the calculative responsibilities that are
more » ... sibilities that are imposed upon working parents by recent shifts in social and labour market policy. It is contended that policy makers should tip the balance of the work-life equation from the current preoccupation with business interests in favour of wider social responsibility concerns.
doi:10.1017/s004727940700116x fatcat:ry4srhdzxjbpxky7tbucowe5zu