More documents from Morgenroth, Christine
More documents from Historical Social Research

Export to your Reference Manger

Please Copy & Paste



Bookmark and Share

Deciphering political utopias: unions, female night work, and gender justice

Deciphering political utopias
Politische Utopien entziffern: Gewerkschaften, Nachtarbeit von Frauen und Geschlechtergerechtigkeit
[journal article]

Morgenroth, Christine

fulltextDownloadDownload full text

(583 KByte)

Citation Suggestion

Please use the following Persistent Identifier (PID) to cite this document:

Further Details
Abstract "The group discussion is a qualitative method perfectly suited for analyzing attitudes and opinions at the supra-individual level and tracing the process of how they emerge. Psychoanalytic group theories expand our understanding of group processes by adding the dimension of the unconscious: groups, too, display defense reactions arid forms of repression. By adding this dimension, the authors can show how social groups proceed to collectively relegate important issues to the realm of the unconscious. In this way, social defense processes are reproduced in actu. In group discussions involving female union members, the predicament of working mothers comes to the fore particularly clearly. An excerpt from a group discussion illustrates that the women seem to perceive night work as the only realistic solution to the problem of reconciling work and family. Only when we turn to a psychoanalytic hermeneutics of scenic understanding are we able to reveal a repressed conception of life looming behind the paradoxical demand: the desire to overcome the separation of productive and reproductive labor in the lives of both sexes; a desire that can only be achieved if labor unions, too, perceive gender relations as a political challenge demanding their attention." (author's abstract)
Keywords social psychology; woman; image of women; women's employment; nightwork; gender; gender-specific factors; justice; working conditions; utopia; trade union; motherhood; work-family balance; group; group discussion
Classification Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies; Sociology of Work, Industrial Sociology, Industrial Relations; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Method empirical; qualitative empirical; theory application
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 71-90
Journal Historical Social Research, 38 (2013) 2
Issue topic Cultural analysis and in-depth hermeneutics
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works