Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America

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John De Graaf
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2003 - Business & Economics - 270 pages
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Take Back Your Time is the official handbook for TAKE BACK YOUR TIME DAY, a national event. Organizers have enlisted the support of colleges, universities, religious organizations, labor unions, businesses, activist groups, and non-profit organizations to create events that will take place across the country, calling attention to the ways overwork and lack of time affect us-at home, in our workplaces, and in our communities-and to inspire a movement to take back our time. In Take Back Your Time, well-known experts in the fields of health, family therapy and policy, community and civic involvement, the environment, and other fields examine the problems of overwork, over-scheduling, time pressure and stress and propose personal, corporate and legislative solutions. This book shows how wide-ranging the impacts of time famine in our society are, and what ordinary citizens can do to turn things around and win a more balanced life for themselves and their children.
  

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User Review  - chsbellboy - LibraryThing

The main assertion made is simple: Americans work more than needed and much more than most of the rest of the world does. In return, we tend to live more stressful, less happy lives. This book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

I read this for a health/recreation class in college. I thought it would be silly. I was wrong. It was one of the best required readings ever. And so true. We really don't have enough leisure time in ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Overwork in America
5
Time is a Family Value
37
The Cost to Civil Society
57
Health Hazards
77
Environmental Consequences
91
Historical and Cultural Perspectives
113
Taking Back Your Time
133
Rethinking Patterns of Culture
185
Changing Public Policy
201
Appendices
227
References
249
Index
255
About the Authors
265
Art Credits
269
Copyright

Workplace Solutions
145

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About the author (2003)

John de Graaf is an independent producer of award-winning television documentaries, including Affluenza and Escape from Affluenza, and is the national coordinator of Take Back Your Time Day.

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