The Second Shift, Volume 63
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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Now that I've gone part-time, I figure that when I'm at the office from eight to one,
and when I come home and take care of Joey and make dinner at five — all that
time from eight to six is my shift. So I don't mind making dinner even' night since ...
Many couples traded off tasks as the need arose; whoever came home first
started dinner. In the past, Evan had used flexibility in the second shift to
camouflage his retreat from it; he hadn't liked "rigid schedules." He had once
explained to me: ...
She quipped back, "He's not telling you how long ago that was." "I made dinner,"
he said. "We couldn't eat it," she countered. The show hosts lightly folded their
talk into the amusing and timeless theme of the battle of the sexes, added a joke
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A sociological study of the two-career family. Hochschild conducted detailed interviews and home observations of 50 working couples raising children under six years of age to see how they balanced ... Read full review
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