Monthly Archive
for: ‘September, 2010’

Contradiction within EU Goals

lthough there are many priorities within the European Union, five key areas are interregional and cross-border mobility, gender equality, social cohesion, fertility, and environmental protection. One central area that the EU sets as a high priority is cross-border trade and a mobile labour market. The introduction of the Euro and the removal of many political […]

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Gender Segregation in Professorships: boosted by a “Compensation Strategy”?

by Heather Hofmeister, Michaela Jüttemann. We examine the selection process of professorship placements using a case study of one large German university, the RWTH Aachen University, compared to German averages, within four disciplines and two payscale levels to unpack phenomena that may play a role in the low representation of women at RWTH Aachen and, […]

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Job-related spatial mobility and gender relations in Germany and Poland

by Heather Hofmeister, Lena Hünefeld, Celina Proch. We examine the self-reported division of housework and childcare in Germany and Poland considering the job-related spatial mobility within dual-earner couples who are living in a household together with a partner, using 2007 data from the Job Mobility and Family Lives Project. We find that men who are […]

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Creating new meanings for the roles of “Husband” and “Wife”

ecently two young people in my life, one a former student and the other a friend, one in Germany and one in the United States, wrote comments to me about their recent respective very new marriages. Both made the same comment: “it feels strange to be a wife / it feels strange to be a […]

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European Society on Family Relations Conference in Milan, Italy

Together with Celina Proch and Lena Hünefeld, we presented a talk at the “Fifth ESFR Congress” with the title: “The patterns of job-related spatial mobility within family life stages for German and Polish men and women”. We presented, among other findings, our results that there are not only disadvantages for job-related spatial mobility. Mothers in […]

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Where is Europe headed in terms of spatial mobility, social relations and family life?

urope is likely to see rising, not declining, mobility in the foreseeable future. How Europe chooses to adapt itself, structurally, socially, and ideologically, will have a big impact on whether this mobility is detrimental or helpful to the social and environmental fiber of the continent. There are a number of reasons to believe that mobility […]

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The Integration of Gender Research in Family Research: English and German Sources

by Heather Hofmeister. I examine the extent to which gender concepts, roles, and theoretical perspectives are embedded within family studies, in English and in German.  I compare German and English Family Sociology textbooks to examine the embeddedness of gender theories and concepts in family sociology.  I compare literature database keyword searches for core family gender […]

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Technology and Mobility

Long distance commuting, frequent overnight work trips, and Long Distance Relationships are dependent upon the technologies that make it possible to bridge distance easily and quickly. Here, developments in the future are dependent upon communication and energy technologies. If travel becomes easier, safer, faster, and more environmentally responsible, then we can expect the rates of […]

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Dual-earner couples may be less mobile than single-earner couples

Evidence from the USA suggests that an increasing percent of dual-earner couples reduces, rather than increases, relocation mobility (Fischer 2002). Couples who both have paid work are more likely to decide for one place to live and find work in that place. The most probable places for both partners to find paid work opportunities are […]

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