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Labour Law in an Era of GlobalizationTransformative Practices and Possibilities$
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Joanne Conaghan, Richard Michael Fischl, and Karl Klare

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.001.0001

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Women, Work, and Family: A British Revolution?

Women, Work, and Family: A British Revolution?

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(p.52) (p.53) 3 Women, Work, and Family: A British Revolution?
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Labour Law in an Era of Globalization
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Conaghan Joanne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.003.0004

A central difficulty within the discipline of labour law in recent years is the destabilization of its most fundamental concepts, in particular, its notions of ‘work’, ‘worker’, and ‘employment’. Addressing the efforts of the Blair government in the UK to develop and implement so-called ‘family-friendly’ policies, this chapter shows how such policies both undermine and, at the same time, reinforce the work/family dichotomy upon which traditional labour law is based. The chapter questions the extent to which policies ascribing economic value to paid work for the market while denying it to unpaid family/caring work are likely to benefit women.

Keywords:   Blair government, social exclusion, UK, family-friendly, labour law, working policies

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