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Gender and economic restructuring in the UK

By Ursula Huws 1996

The modern Welfare State in Britain was found on the stereotype of the man as the ‘normal’ worker in permanent, full-time employment earning a ‘family’ wage on which he could support a dependent wife and family. The ‘housewife’s’ sole role was to care for the family. Although there were exceptions to this model, social institutions were planned on it. The UK economy has been restructured dramatically in recent years. The effects include an astonishing change in the relative positions of men and women in the work-force , and have left few areas of social life in Britain untouched.

About the author

Ursula Huws is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Employment Studies, and director of the social and economic research consultancy, Analytica. She has published numerous books, articles and reports on various aspects of labour-market restructuring, gender and technological change. Her recent publications include reports for the European Commission (follow-up to the White Paper: Teleworking, Social Europe, Supplement 3, 1995), for the British Government (Teleworking in Britain, Research Series No. 18, October 1993, and A Manager’s Guide to Teleworking, Employment Department, 1995) and for the ILO (Employment of Homeworkers: Examples of Good Practice, Working paper, CONDI/T, ILO, 1995 and Action Programmes for the Protection of Homeworkers: 10 Case-studies from Around the World, ILO, 1995).


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