Quotation Sardadvar, Karin, Mairhuber, Ingrid. 2018. Employed family carers in Austria. The interplays of paid and unpaid work—beyond “reconciliation”. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie (ÖZS). 43 (1), 61-72.




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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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie (ÖZS)
Language English
Title Employed family carers in Austria. The interplays of paid and unpaid work—beyond “reconciliation”
Volume 43
Number 1
Year 2018
Page from 61
Page to 72
Reviewed? Y
URL https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs11614-018-0283-0.pdf
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11614-018-0283-0
Open Access Y
Open Access Link http://epub.wu.ac.at/6136/1/Sardadvar_etal_2018_ÖZS_Employed%2Dfamily.


Sardadvar, Karin (Details)
Mairhuber, Ingrid (FORBA, Austria)
Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5400 Sociology (Details)
5429 Genealogy (Details)
5433 Gender studies (Details)
5904 Ergonomics (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
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