The second shift, Volume 63

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Avon Books, 1990 - Family & Relationships - 315 pages
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In this landmark study, sociologist Arlie Hochschild takes us into the homes of two-career parents to observe what really goes on at the end of the "work day." Overwhelmingly, she discovers, it's the working mother who takes on the second shift.Hochschild finds that men share housework equally with their wives in only twenty percent of dual-career families. While many women accept this inequity in order to keep peace, they tend to suffer from chronic exhaustion, low sex drive, and more frequent illness as a result. The ultimate cost is the forfeited health and happiness of both partners, and often the survival of the marriage itself.With a new afterword by the author, this groundbreaking study is as relevant today as when it was first published.

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I don't really know how to rate or review this, because it was pretty difficult for me to read. It's not new, it's not surprising, but the issues mirror a lot that I've been facing, and so I have ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kyla Crowley - Goodreads

Read this for the case studies inside. Conducted from 1980 to 1988, these case studies showcase the life of working women in heterosexual relationships, and their journey to balance family, work, and ... Read full review

Contents

A Speedup in the Family
1
Marriage in the Stalled Revolution
11
The Cultural Coverup
22
Copyright

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About the author (1990)

Arlie Russell Hochschild, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of two New York Times Notable Books of the Year, THE SECOND SHIFT and THE MANAGED HEART. She has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. Her articles have appeared in Harper's, Mother Jones, and Psychology Today, among others. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, the writer Adam Hochschild.