RN14 - Gender Relations in the Labour Market and the Welfare State

RN Coordinator:

Dr Hazel Conley, Queen Mary University of London UK



General session title:

Gender, difference and inequality: rethinking work and welfare for a better world

Perhaps an unintended benefit of the economic crisis is that it has prompted questions about what a better world might look like, particularly in relation to some of the fundamental institutions that underpin modern societies.  One of these arguments has focussed on what women would do differently if their voices had influence.  Labour markets and welfare states have perhaps been the social structures most impacted by the crisis and are also the institutions that, in combination, are central to women’s lives. It therefore seems logical that feminist sociologists should consider how they could be rebuilt to better promote gender equality and improve the lives of women.  Since women do not speak from the same life experiences it is important to consider intersectional differences (e.g. class, age, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, migrant status) when imagining and organising for gender equal futures.  We therefore particularly encourage abstracts on the following themes:

  • Restructuring labour markets and welfare states for gender equality
  • Gender and intersectionality in labour markets/welfare states
  • State regulation of equality in labour markets and welfare
  • Gender mainstreaming and social policy
  • Public sector procurement and gender equality
  • Work-life balance and care for a better world
  • Women’s activism and leadership in securing change
  • Imagining work and welfare in feminist utopias


Notes for authors

Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to the general session or any specific session. Please submit only to one session. After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transfer papers between sessions where applicable.

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.

Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the Research Network; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2015.

Abstract submission deadline (extended):                                                                                                15th February 2015

Abstract submission platform:                                                                                          www.esa12thconference.eu

If you have further questions on the conference, please visit the conference website. For further information on the Research Network, please visit www.europeansociology.org.