Work-life integration is an increasingly hot topic in the media, social research, governments and in people’s everyday lives. This volume offers a new type of lens for understanding work-family reconciliation by studying how work-family dynamics are shaped, squeezed and developed between consistent or competing logics in different societies in Europe and the US.

The three institutions of "state", "family" and "working life", and their under-explored primary logics of "regulation", "morality" and "economic competitiveness" are examined theoretically as well as empirically throughout the chapters, thus contributing to an understanding of the contemporary challenges within the field of work-family research that combines structure and culture. Particular attention is given to the ways in which the institutions are confronted with various moral norms of good parenthood or motherhood and ideals for family life. Likewise, the logic of policy regulation and gendered family moralities are challenged by the economic logic of working life, based on competition in favour of the most productive workers and organizations.

Demonstrating different aspects of what is behind and between the logics of state regulation, morals and market, this innovative volume will appeal to students, teachers and researchers interested in areas such as family studies, welfare state studies, social policy studies, work life studies as well as and gender studies.

chapter 1|15 pages

Integrating work and family

Changing institutions and competing logics

part I|69 pages

Current challenges of work–family dynamics: institutional differences

chapter 4|18 pages

Work and family cultures

Dynamics of family change in southern Europe

chapter 5|16 pages

Fathers integrating work and childcare

Reconciling the logics?

part II|51 pages

Gendered logics and strategies of work and parenting

chapter 6|16 pages

When work meets childcare

The competing logics of mothering and gender equality

chapter 7|16 pages

Making sense of motherhood and fatherhood

Competing moral discourses and logics of caring and work ‘choices’ in the UK

chapter 8|17 pages

Hidden rules and competing logics

Working fathers within organizations in Germany

part III|70 pages

Competing logics intensified