Dan Clawson and Naomi GerstelUnequal Time: Gender, Class, and Family in Employment Schedules

Russell Sage Foundation, 2014

by Lindsey Foster on March 27, 2015

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In Unequal Time: Gender, Class, and Family in Employment Schedules (Russell Sage Foundation, 2014), authors Naomi Gertsel and Dan Clawson analyze the various forms in which social inequalities appear throughout the work place.  During their research they interviewed members of four different professions: doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). They explain how each employee’s 'web of time' is affected by the schedules and priorities of other people, and how these effects vary based on intersections between the employees’ gender, class, and race.  The two call for more attention to this important labor issue and claim that workers deserve more control over their time and that this control should not be impacted by their class or their gender.  Gertsel and Clawson offer an interesting perspective on labor inequalities by focusing on inequalities in time and scheduling rather than focusing the standard analysis between wage differences.

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