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Gender ARC Public Lecture with Professor Linda Mc Kie

Posted on December 5, 2013 by Administrator

Gender ARC Public Lecture

Co-sponsored by FESTA, the Department of Sociology and ISKS

Professor Linda Mc Kie,

Professor of Sociology and Director of Research, School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University


Associate Director, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh.

Presentation Title:

Opting in:  Women in search of well-being.

This lecture addresses the contribution to the Handbook on the Well Being of Working Women, by Ingrid Beese and Linda Mc Kie in which they consider the concept of ‘opting in’.  Opting in is a process through which women seek ways of working on their own terms and creating alternative definitions of success, placing priority on the wellbeing of themselves and their family.  Our analysis and arguments challenge the contemporary and lively debates on ‘opting out’ which have been dominated by debates about women who leave their careers altogether to be with their children.  We examine the experiences of professional women who choose to leave high-level careers to pursue specific interests, through the case studies of four women from Finland and the United States.  For these women, opting in has involved a journey to new lifestyles where work and other areas of life can be combined, where they have more power over time, and where they can achieve a sense of coherence, which in turn enhances their well-being.

DATE:               Tuesday 3rd December, 2013

TIME:                12.00  - 13.00 hrs

VENUE:             F1030