The authors in this article rise the question: Do men take a substantial share of the care tasks in society? Do they have to increase their ‘‘caring activities?’’ The empirical findings of the European research project The Role of Men in Gender Equality in Europe (2011–2012), which main objective was to gain better knowledge on the role and positioning of men concerning gender equality, proves that, increasingly, the answer to the question of ‘‘do men care’’ is ‘‘yes,’’ as measured by men’s share of care activities at home. The authors from different veiwepoints analyze a thesis that caring masculinity emerges as a central path forward, and one that is increasingly taken up in practice,together with women’s increasing education and professional role, and rising expectations of gender-balanced caring task divisions.
The book chapter brings insights on regulated paid domestic work under live-out arrangement in Slovenia. The empirical material analyzed here was gathered in the project System of Household Assistance (SIPA), which aimed to contribute to the constructive attempts to overcome the precarious situation in the field of domestic service on the supply and demand side by introducing the public subsidized system of paid domestic help, thus reinforcing the welfare state in this respect. The aim of the chapter is therefore to analyze the 'employer's' perspective, both women's and men's views on their needs for paid domestic and care work, their reflection on the work when performed by the 'others' and their views what paid domestic help brought to their homes. Special attention is paid to how employers and workers negotiated power relations, intimacy, scope of work and class issues as well as how domestic work was redefined during the process.
The chapter presents an overview of current migration trends in Slovenia and critically evaluates the effects of migration policies. It discusses the migrants’ labour market positions, their civic participation and current prospects for integration, particularly when taking into account public discourses on migration. Situating the debate within the current social and financial crisis, the chapter exhibits the need for studying and understanding migration as an asset and an integral part of global transformation processes, not a problem to be ‘managed’. The chapter is part of an exhaustive compendium that provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in migration in all European Union countries.