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Homme en mer, femme à terre : Petits arrangements avec la dissymétrie

Abstract : The case of couples where the man is a long distance mariner constitutes a traditional example of a situation leading to a dissymmetry of the professional and family commitments of men and women. These examples illustrate the negotiations and arrangements to which this distance gives rise, in both professional life and private life. The choices made are seldom obvious. It has to be noted that when the couple has children, regulating the relationship between work and family means limiting or even preventing the woman's career ambitions. It is still mainly up to women to ensure the continuity of marital and family relations, but the evolution of marital and parental roles destabilises the traditional framework of male and female identities. Forms of female autonomy have evolved and women no longer subscribe to the notion of a "matriarchal" figure supposed to ensure the equivalence of the women's family and men's professional responsibilities. As for the men, torn between the demands of their professional life and their fear of being an absent spouse and father, they are also putting themselves into question.
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Yvonne Guichard-Claudic. Homme en mer, femme à terre : Petits arrangements avec la dissymétrie. Cahiers du Genre, 2006, 41, pp.23-47. ⟨hal-00649269⟩



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