Special Issue "Gender Relations at Work: Persistent Patterns and Social Change"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Gender Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Anália Maria Cardoso Torres
Guest Editor
The Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP), University of Lisbon, 1649-004 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: gender sociology; gender inequality; feminist gender studies; contemporary families
Dr. Fátima Maria de Jesus Assunção
Guest Editor
The Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP), University of Lisbon, 1649-004 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: sociology of work; labor relations; work and gender

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Despite the advances in gender equality that have been witnessed in several countries, gender inequalities in paid and unpaid work persist against the backdrop of economic globalization, contraction of welfare states and proliferation of organizational policies aimed at decreasing the cost of labour. The COVID 19 pandemic, given its effects on the economy, labour markets and households, may put at risk some of the progresses that have been achieved and increase current gender inequalities, but it can also represent an opportunity to renegotiate gender roles at home given the increase in the number of men and women who are working from home. 

This special issue on gender relations at work invites authors to submit papers that discuss current patterns of reproduction and change of gender inequalities in paid and unpaid work at different stages of people’s lives, as well as the ways in which public policies have addressed gender issues in employment and unpaid work. Editors welcome contributions from a feminist or gender perspective that use quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods. Both national and comparative analyses are encouraged as a strategy to promote the discussion of the patterns and trends observed in different social and cultural settings.

Prof. Anália Maria Cardoso Torres
Dr. Fátima Maria de Jesus Assunção
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • gender relations
  • employment
  • unpaid work
  • gender and COVID 19
  • masculinities
  • public policies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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