The age of the male breadwinner and the female caregiver has passed, but gender inequality is as persistent as ever. This major new work intervenes in today’s debates on domestic inequality, examining tensions between work and family life for women. Gender Inequality explores class disparity, who should care for infants, and fatherhood in a dual-earner family. Surveying the design of public institutions that could significantly mitigate these pressures, contributors including Nancy Folbre, Janet Gornick, and Marcia Meyers offer useful, thought-provoking prescriptions for real change.
Praise for Deepening Democracy: “As we lose sight of alternatives, there is no more important political and theoretical task than to develop real utopias, real in that they are based on existing institutional experiments, utopian in that they challenge the ruling ideas of the epoch. Deepening Democracy, the latest volume in the Real Utopias series, is an inspirational polical critique but at the same timea program for critical politics.” — Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Erik Olin Wirght is Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. His empirical research has focused especially on the changing character of class relations in developed capitalist societies. He is series editor of Verso’s Real Utopias Project.