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Employed family carers in Austria

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.

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Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Journal article
Publisher
Springer Nature
ISBN/ISSN
1011-0070
Publication Year
2018
Issue Number
1
Journal Titles
Vierteljahresschrift der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Soziologie
Volume Number
43
Start Page
61
End Page
72