Gender often influences the type of occupation that individuals choose, as well as the way they work and the outcomes of that work.
Home-based employment is no different. The proximity of these workers to their families' living activities provides an unique opportunity to study the effects of work-at-home on family interaction and the role that gender plays in this traditionally female-dominated situation. The chapters provide a range of gender considerations from the perspectives of the workers and the workers' families, with emphasis on either the workers, the family, or the work/business.
The first chapter provides an overview of the subjects being covered and defines several of the concepts used.
The range of viewpoints is extensive: Chapter 2 considers home-based employment from a global perspective, while Chapter 8 narrows the focus to one particular location and type of home-based worker.
Chapters 3, 4, 5, and 7 examine in various ways the data from a 9-state study, basing their analyses in theoretical and conceptual frameworks related to gender.
Chapter 6 explores the dilemma of parents who have to hire child care in order to complete their home-based work.
Also included are recommendations for public policy considerations.