Work, Family and Fun

Name: Work, Family and Fun (RSVP required)

Time & Date: Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Juliet’s Cafe, 905 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver, BC (just west of Burrard Street Bridge)

This is our final “Conversations on Occupation Cafe” – a gathering of scholars and others interested in exploring and discussing how everyday occupation shapes and gives meaning to our lives. During Celebrate Learning Week, the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy invites you to participate in this opportunity for informal dialogue and lively discussion around work, family and fun.

Dr. Carrie Yodanis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her program of research focuses on marriage, gender, and inequalities in relationships. Within the framework of the Café, she will deliver a 10-15 minute presentation on Work-Life balance issues that are the focus of her current research, focusing specifically on how married spouses integrate their time, including eating dinner, having fun, doing housework, and earning income. She asks the question – do spouses today remain two independent individuals within a marriage or do two individuals continue to become one interdependent unit upon marriage? She will tie these questions to debates about divorce, inequality, and new technologies. Dr. Yodanis’ presentation will pose thought-provoking questions to the audience to open up a discussion about ways in which marriage has and has not changed over time.

Mineko Wada is an occupational therapist who trained and practiced in Japan. In 2007, she came to Canada to pursue her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences at UBC. Her research explores how double-income couples with young children experience and perceive balance in everyday life. In this café, she will present two stories told by a coupled wife and husband in her study. The stories highlight how work, family and fun play a role in each spouse’s experiences of balance and how interactions between the spouses contribute to or challenge their experiences. Their stories illuminate that balance is complex, dynamic, and can be difficult to achieve. Focusing on one aspect of balance (e.g., meeting collective needs of the family) may lead a parent to feel overloaded and imbalanced.

Speaker: Carrie Yodanis, Associate Professor, Sociology, UBC

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