Family Duties and Job Flexibility: Tradeoffs for Chinese Urban, Educated Mothers with Toddlers

Sungwon Kim, Cong Zhang, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Vanessa L. Fong, Niobe Way, Xinyin Chen, Xiaoyan Ke

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Abstract

Drawing on survey and interview data from mothers of 14-month infants in Nanjing, China, we explore women's job trajectories as they juggle work and family responsibilities. Four profiles that emerge among our sample of 371 mothers (high stability, rapid cyclers, high-paid wage-growth, and intermittent) reflected not only their work career trajectories but also their different strategies of managing work-family balance. High-stability mothers were more likely than the other three groups to work in state-owned enterprises and experience a negative work climate. They illustrate how China's changing economy shape work preferences of mothers who value interest and self-fulfillment, but pursue stability to accommodate their childrearing responsibilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-47
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Comparative Family Studies
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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