Scheduling conflicts in the low-wage labor force: the case of Swedish and US women
Summary, in English
Specifically, we analyze the protections offered by each country that constrain employers’ ability to change work schedules unilaterally, on short notice, and arbitrarily; we analyze the constraints the states put on minimum pay; and we analyze the safety-net provisions in each country that enable workers to work for pay while raising a family and maintaining a decent living standard.
We are in the process of conducting 30 in-depth interviews with low-wage working women in both countries, with 15 US and 4 Swedish interviews completed and analyzed so far and the remainder to be completed this spring.
Findings indicate that Swedish women face fewer scheduling problems and, thanks to a more generous social-services system, face fewer negative effects stemming from scheduling and low wages.
Neoliberalism presents a moral culture based on the concept of personal responsibility; at the ontological level, it presents a rejection of the social at any level larger than the immediate family. While Sweden is no utopia—its programs leave many people, particularly immigrants, in perilous working conditions, and its safety net has holes—it has withstood the neoliberal tide better than has the US.
- Department of Gender Studies
Conference paper: abstract
- Economics and Business
American Sociological Association, Annual Meeting
2019-08-10 - 2019-08-13
New York, United States