Work and Family Balance in the Middle East

Narjes Mehdizadeh

Work and Family Balance in the Middle East

Narjes Mehdizadeh

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 10 line drawings | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447310440 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
While societal attitudes toward childcare play a significant role in the low employment rate among educated women in the Middle East, these women have also become a major force in advocating for social change and the improvement of their own position. In this book, Narjes Mehdizadeh discusses policies and practices relating to the reconciliation of the tension between the work and care roles that together constitute the reality of these women’s lives. Focusing in particular on Iran, Qatar, and Turkey, she explores the childcare preferences of educated Middle Eastern mothers to develop an understanding of the relationship between women’s attitudes towards and experiences of childcare systems and women’s employment. Analyzing educated women’s socioeconomic positions, Mehdizadeh also looks at what policy changes they are likely to demand and whether the current policy environment is one in which these demands could actually be met. With implications for both Middle Eastern and international welfare regimes, Work and Family Balance in the Middle East is an innovative, timely assessment of an emerging problem that is certain to be the start of long-term debate.
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