Changing Definitions of Families

Doucet, Andrea

Andrea Doucet is Professor of Sociology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and co-director of the Duncombe Studio for Social and Cultural Analysis. She is the author of Do Men Mother? (University of Toronto Press, 2006), which received the John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award from the Canadian Sociology Association, and co-author of Gender Relations: Intersectionality and Beyond (with Janet Siltanen, Oxford, 2008). She has published over three-dozen articles and book chapters on varied aspects of gender relations, domestic responsibilities, masculinities, mothering, and fathering. She is the current Editor of the journal Fathering and co-edited (with Rosalind Edwards and Frank Furstenberg) a special issue on Fathering Across Diversity and Adversity in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She was the 2007-2009 recipient of the Canadian-govt funded Thérèse Casgrain Fellowship for research on women and social justice from which she is currently writing a book on women as primary breadwinners.

Expertise: Dual Earner Families, Flexible Work Schedules, Generational Diversity, Paternity Leave, Changing Definitions of Families, Community, Work, and Family, Work-Family Balance, Work/life Integration, Qualitative Methodologies, Methodology, Epistemology.


Fletcher, Richard J

Richard J. Fletcher is Leader of the Fathers and Families Research Program at the Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health, The University of Newcastle, NSW.  He is convener of the Australian Fatherhood Research Network. Broadly, his research team focuses on strength-based approaches to researching parent-child connection under conditions of environmental (physical and social) stress. Current projects include developing a measure of child focus for separating parents, assessing father-inclusive competencies among health and welfare practitioners, Indigenous fathers’ perspectives of fathering role and connection to children and commuting parents’ strategies for maintaining parent-child connection. Specifically, he studies father-child attachment and postnatal depression, fathering of children with autism spectrum disorders and fathers’ development of a fathering identity.

Expertise: Families with Disabilities/Special Needs, Paternity Leave, Changing Definitions of Families, Fathering and postnatal depression, Father-inclusive competencies among professionals.

+61 2 49216401

Newcastle University - School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
Daysh Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Millar, Jane

Jane Millar is Professor of Social Policy and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Bath, UK. Her research interests include social security policy; poverty, inequality and social exclusion; family policy and the policy implications of family change; gender and social policy; and comparative social policy.  Her current research explores the lives of children and lone mothers in low-income working households.

Expertise: Dual Earner Families, Single Parents, Part-Time Workers, Changing Definition of Families, Work-Family Balance


University of Bath
Department of European Studies & Modern Languages
Bath BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Languilaire, Jean-Charles

Jean-Charles Languilaire graduated from the Business School of Dijon Bourgogne. Dijon, France (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Dijon Bourgogne) in 2002. The same year he obtained his Degree of Master of Science in Business and Economics with a major in Business Administration at Karlstad University (Area of Service Management), Sweden. Jean-Charles has been partly acting for 2 years the Human Resource Manager with a focus on Human Resources and Development of the Jönköping International Business School. Jean-Charles defended his doctoral thesis the 27th of November 2009. He is currently lecturer at Jönköping International Business School (University of Jönköping) but also Lecturer at School of Business and Engineering (Halmstad University). He also punctually teaches in other Swedish Universities and French Business Schools.

Research interest:  Jean-Charles is Lecturer and Researcher in Business Administration at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) as well as University of Halmstad in Sweden. Jean-Charles’ research interests lie primarily within Human Resources Development and Leadership with a focus on individuals and their well-being in work and non-work. In the context of work-life issues Jean-Charles focuses on the emerging boundary perspective.

Jean-Charles ‘s doctoral thesis focused on individuals’ work/non-work experiences. His thesis is entitled: Experiencing work/non-work - Theorising individuals’ process of integrating and segmenting work, family, social and private? The thesis contributes to the work-life field, especially the boundary perspective on work and non-work by presenting a model of individuals’ work/non-work experiences. The model pursued is derived from 33 theoretical propositions. The thesis concludes that segmenting and integrating are essential for the harmony of their life domains namely their work, their family, their social and their private. According to the jury at the doctoral defense: “The dissertation represents a valuable contribution to the interdisciplinary filed of work/non-work research. The detailed narratives give new and relevant understandings of the work and non-work experiences of individuals. The dissertation opens up rich avenues for future research in management and related research areas”

New research projects derived from the thesis are currently being developed.

Extended abstract of his doctoral thesis:  The relationships between work and personal life have been on the public, business, and research agenda for about 35 years. Perspectives on these relationships have shifted from a work-family to work-life or work-personal life focus, from a conflict to a balance or enrichment view and, finally, from a segmentation to an integration perspective. This evolution, however, leads to a theoretical and practical impasse where neither integration nor segmentation can be seen as the absolute individual, organisational and societal value. This thesis takes the discussion one step further and focuses on individuals’ work/non-work experiences, calling for a humanistic case. The humanistic case urges placing individuals’ work/non-work experiences at the centre of human resources and at the centre of the work-life field.

The aim of the thesis is to theorise individuals’ work/non-work experiences in their individual, organisational and societal contexts. To achieve the purpose, the thesis presents individuals’ work/non-work self-narratives. These self-narratives of six French middle-managers, three men and three women, underline how individuals experience their diverse life domains, namely the work, the family, the social and the private and their management. The self-narratives have been generated through in-depth qualitative interviews and diaries. The thesis explores and provides an understanding of individuals’ work/non-work experiences from a boundary perspective.

Focusing on the processes behind individuals’ work/non-work experiences, the thesis reveals that work/non-work preferences for integration and/or segmentation are not sufficient to understand individuals’ experiences. It is essential to consider the preferences in relation to their level of explicitness and the development of work/non-work self-identity. Moreover, it is important to understand the roles of positive and negative work/non-work emotions emerging in the work/non-work process as a respective signal of individuals’ satisfaction or dissatisfaction in how their life domains are developed and managed.

The thesis contributes to the work-life field, especially the boundary perspective on work and non-work by presenting a model of individuals’ work/non-work experiences. The model pursued is derived from 33 theoretical propositions. Among these, few conclusions are:

  • A two-dimensional approach for life domain boundaries as a systematic combination of seven boundary types (spatial, temporal, human, cognitive, behavioural, emotional and psychosomatic) and their mental and concrete natures.

  • A three-dimensional model for work/non-work preferences, revealing five major archetypes of work/non-work preferences between segmentation and integration,

  • The centrality of the emotional side of the work/non-work process where work/non-work emotions serve as a signal function for the individual’s satisfaction with their work/non-work experiences

  • The development of a work/non-work self identity is central to the overall work/non-work experience and serve as a basis for work/non-work experiences beyond the sole work/non-work preferences for integration and/or segmentation

  • The indication that individuals value segmentation on a daily basis and integration on a long-term so that segmenting and integrating are essential for the harmony of their life domains namely their work, their family, their social and their private.

Teaching areas: Jean-Charles teaches within the fields of Leadership, Service Management, Organisation Theory, International Management and Human Resource Management. He teaches in English and Swedish.

Expertise: Changing definitions of families; community, work, and family; work/life integration; work/non-work experiences; work/non-work self-identity; work/non-work emotions

+46 36 10 18 43
+46 36 16 10 69

Jonkoping International Business School
P.O. Box 1026

Byrd, Stephanie E.

Stephanie E. Byrd is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology at Christopher Newport University in Virginia where she teaches classes on the individual and society, family in transition, socialization, and theory.  She completed her dissertation, “The Changing Shape of Commitment: Contradictions and Choices among a New Generation of Young Adults” in 2005 at New York University with support from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Henry A. Murray Grant) and a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant.  Her work has also been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation through a postdoctoral fellowship (2005-2007) at the MARIAL center at Emory University and through membership in the Sloan Network Early Career Scholars Program (2009).  She is a qualitative researcher whose current research examines how and why contemporary young adults reconcile ideals of autonomy and commitment in decision-making about work and family.  Presently, her analyses focus on how notions of choice, self-development, and self-determination intertwine with ideals of intimacy, companionship, and family welfare to produce variation in work-family-life integration and relationship processes. Some of her work on commitment (“The Social Construction of Marital Commitment”) was recently (2009) published in Journal of Marriage and Family.

Expertise: Work-Family Balance, Work/life Integration, Changing Definitions of Families, Generation X / Generation Y


Christopher Newport University
1 University Place
Newport News VA 23606
United States

DePaulo, Bella

Bella DePaulo (Ph.D., Harvard, 1979) is a social psychologist and the author of Singled Out: How Singles are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After (St. Martin’s Press). In Singled Out, and in her other work on people who are single, DePaulo has drawn from social science data to challenge the stereotypes of people who are single. DePaulo has also offered seminars and workshops on the science of singlehood. She is the recipient of a number of honors and awards, such as the James McKeen Cattell Award and the Research Scientist Development Award, and has served in various leadership positions in professional organizations. DePaulo has published more than 100 papers in professional journals and has written op-ed essays for publications such as the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsday,, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She writes the “Living Single” blog for Psychology Today, and is also a contributor to the Huffington Post. She has been a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara since the summer of 2000. Visit her website at

Expertise: Single Workers, both with and without children, and the many issues that are relevant to their lives; Single Parents; Changing Definitions of Families.

(805) 565-9582
(805) 695-8402

University of California - Department of Psychology
Santa Barbara CA 93106-9660
United States

Antecol, Heather L

Heather Antecol received her Ph.D. in Economics from McMaster University in 1999. Since then she has been the Boswell Associate Professor, an Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College, an Assistant Professor of Economics at Illinois State University, a visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an Associate Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University. She also was a Research Fellow of the Canadian International Labor Network (CILN) and a visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University. She is currently the Boswell Professor of Economics and Director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children at Claremont McKenna College, as well as a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and Metropolis British Columbia (MBC).  She has published papers on various aspects of labor economics, including youth outcomes, immigration, discrimination, and sexual harassment in the U.S. military and federal government.  Recent work includes the decision to “opt-out” of the labor market and elder care.

Expertise: Dual Earner Families, Child Care, Overwork/Workload, Part-Time or Reduced Hours Work, Elder Care, Changing Definitions of Families, Work-Family Balance

(909) 607-8067

Claremont McKenna College
500 E. 9th Street
Claremont CA 91711
United States

Holmes, Mary

Mary Holmes is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Flinders University in Australia. As well as her work on distance relationships she has published books on Gender and Everyday Life and The Representation of Feminists as Political Actors. Her articles on the sociology of the body and the sociology of emotions have appeared in journals such as Time and Society, Sociology and Current Sociology.

Expertise: Changing Definition of Families, Work/Life Integration

Thévenon, Olivier

Olivier Thévenon is economist at INED (French Institute for Demographic Research) and at the OECD, Social Policy Division. His main research topics are comparative analyses of family policies and their impact on female labour market, fertility behavior and the work-life balance. He is now participating in the development of the OECD family Database, after having been involved in the Babies and Bosses reviews. Before working at INED, he has been project manager at the research department of the French Ministry of Social affairs, dealing with comparative research on employment and welfare regimes.

Expertise: Flexible Work Schedules, Changing Definitions of Families, Work-Family Balance

33 6 88 58 35 61

52 rue de la Folie Méricourt

Glauber, Rebecca

Rebecca Glauber is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire and a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey Institute. Her research investigates patterns of gender, race, and class inequalities in families and in the workplace. In particular, she is interested in parents’ labor market outcomes, inequality in access to work-family accommodations, and single mother families. Dr. Glauber was awarded the 2006 Sociologists for Women in Society Cheryl Miller Award, and her research has appeared in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Gender & Society, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Journal of Human Resources, Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research, and The Handbook of Families and Poverty. Dr. Glauber joined the University of New Hampshire in the fall of 2007 after receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.

Expertise: Dual Earner Families, Families of Color: African American, Single Parents, Changing Definitions of Families, Work-Family Conflict

(603) 862-1986

University of New Hampshire
Department of Sociology
Horton Social Science Center
Durham NH 03824
United States

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