Article | Italy
English title: The double presence
Keyword(s): sexual division of labour | homeworking | labour market | services | social division of labour | working hours | double labour market theory
Manifest: La doppia presenza
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This article was published in the review “Inchiesta” (enquiry), specialized in social issues and research. In this number, topics such as women’s labour-market conditions, positions and policies are presented and discussed by Laura Balbo, Marina Bianchi, Lorenza Zanuso and Elisabeth Wilson. The labour-market transformation of the 1960s changed rapidly female labour and the role of women in society. The article constructs a new conceptual framework in relation to women’s identity in modernity.
Balbo refers to the “double presence” of women both in the labour-market and in the domestic care work. The double presence is also an indicator of the transformation in the social identity of women, burdened by time devoted to family and by the attempt to conciliate this aspect with working hours and urban organization. As a consequence the labour-market is also influenced by the double presence since women are employed mainly in the services sector and for part time jobs. In this sense “double presence” would permit women to locate themselves in a complex society.