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Léa PESSIN (Pennsylvania State University) – "Race and class differences in linking women’s work and family lives across the life course – How gender, race and class shape the work and family trajectories of black, Latina, and white women from early adulthood to midlife"
The Sociology Seminar: Thursdays
Time: 12:00 am – 13:15 pm
Date: 5th of July 2018
Place: Room 3105, ENSAE.
Léa PESSIN (Pennsylvania State University) – “Race and class differences in linking women’s work and family lives across the life course – How gender, race and class shape the work and family trajectories of black, Latina, and white women from early adulthood to midlife“
Abstract : The past sixty years have witnessed dramatic changes in women’s roles, as captured by substantial increases in workforce participation and a decline in both fertility and marriage. Nevertheless, these historical changes have not affected all women in equal ways. Specifically, in the United States, race and class have played a key role in shaping the resources and constraints that facilitate how women negotiate their family and work roles. Yet, despite an established consensus that race and class predict different patterns of either work or family, little is known about how these predictors jointly intersect in influencing women’s work-family trajectories. In this article, we study how race and class shape the interrelationship between labor force attachment and family events – number of children and partnership status – during women’s life courses, from early adulthood to midlife. We apply multichannel sequence analysis and cluster analysis to data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79) to examine longitudinal work-family trajectories for black, Latina, and white women between the ages of 23 to 45. By revealing distinctive features of the work-family interplay, our analysis highlights the joint roles of race and class in shaping women’s work and family decisions.
Marine HADDAD, Nicolas ROBETTE, Sander WAGNER (Laboratoire de sociologie quantitative – CREST)