Call for Papers

This is a Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies with the title

“Crises and the Gendered Division of Labour in Europe Today”

The issue is planned for vol. 19, issue 3, 2011 and aims to consider in how far the traditional gendered division of labour – unpaid care work, mainly carried out by women, on the one hand and paid work, mainly done by men, on the other – has now become outdated or whether it is increasingly re-enforced under the conditions of a number of recent crises such as those of

-          the financial system;
-          the employment society;
-          the welfare state;
-          capitalism;
-          demography;
-          the environment.

Contributions are welcome in relation to questions such as the following:

-          How are specific European gender orders affected by the challenges of the recent crises?
-          What evidence is there that the cultures of social-democratic, liberal, conservative or post-communist welfare regimes lead to different outcomes in relation to gender equality? Is there evidence of convergence of state policies?
-          Have gender differences in public and private become more pronounced as a result of the recent crises? Is there evidence of re-traditionalisation?
-          What is the relationship between gender and child and/or youth poverty in specific countries?
-          Is there a ‘feminist’ critique of taxation and welfare policies in European countries?
-          How is care work accommodated in the ‘adult worker model family’ and in single parent families?
-          Gender and the privatisation/de-commodification of public services under conditions of austerity?
-          What policies are being developed to challenge gender inequalities?
-          Are there any grass-roots movements active in European countries today which aspire to gender, class, race or generational solidarity? What impact do they reveal?
-          What is the role of gender in European countries in relation to the international division of labour?
-          What is the role of immigration in relation to the distinctive gender regimes in European countries?

These or related questions can be considered in the context of single country or comparative studies and approached from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Contributions should be about 6,000 to 8,000 words.

For more information about the aims and scope of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, please see the journal website:

Please send your abstracts of 200-300 words by 31st August 2010 to:

Martha Wörsching
Department of Politics, History & International Relations
Loughborough University,
Tel +00 44 (0)1509 222998
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