The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2001 - Social Science - 316 pages
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The national bestseller that put "work/family balance" in the headlines and on the White House agenda, with a new introduction by the author.

When The Time Bind was first published in 1997, it was hailed as the decade's most influential study of our work/family crisis. In the short time since, the crisis has only become more acute.

Arlie Russell Hochschild, bestselling author of The Second Shift, spent three summers at a Fortune 500 company interviewing top executives, secretaries, factory hands, and others. What she found was startling: Though every mother and nearly every father said "family comes first," few of these working parents questioned their long hours or took the company up on chances for flextime, paternity leave, or other "family friendly" policies. Why not? It seems the roles of home and work had reversed: work was offering stimulation, guidance, and a sense of belonging, while home had become the place in which there was too much to do in too little time.

Today Hochschild's findings are more relevant than ever. As she shows in her new introduction, the borders between family and work have become even more permeable. With the Internet extending working hours at home and offices offering domestic enticements -- free snacks, soft music -- to keep employees later at their jobs, The Time Bind stands as an increasingly important warning about the way we live and work.
  

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Contents

The Waving Window
3
Managed Values and Long Days
15
An Angel of an Idea
25
Family Values and Reversed Worlds
35
Part II
53
What If the Boss Says No?
133
The Overextended Family
163
Overtime Hounds
175
Implications and Alternatives
195
Evading the Time Bind
219
Making Time
239
Appendix
260
Endnotes
268
Bibliography
291
Index
309
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About the author (2001)

Arlie Russell Hochschild, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-director of The Center for Working Families, is the author of The Second Shift and The Managed Heart. Her articles have appeared in Harper's, Mother Jones, and Psychology Today, among others.

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