It's about Time: Couples and Careers

It's about Time: Couples and Careers

by Phyllis Moen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801488370

ISBN-13: 9780801488375

Pub. Date: 03/15/2003

Publisher: Cornell University Press

How do two-career couples manage in a one-career world?It's about Time examines this mismatch between outdated scripts and the experiences of dual-earner couples. It broadens our understanding of occupational and family career strategies couples use in light of the widening gap between their real lives and the outdated work-hour and career-path roles, rules, and…  See more details below

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How do two-career couples manage in a one-career world?It's about Time examines this mismatch between outdated scripts and the experiences of dual-earner couples. It broadens our understanding of occupational and family career strategies couples use in light of the widening gap between their real lives and the outdated work-hour and career-path roles, rules, and regulations they confront. It's about Time draws on the data from the Cornell Couples and Careers Study to demonstrate that:*Regardless of income, time is a scarce commodity in dual-earner households. With two jobs, two commutes, often long work hours, high job demands, business travel, several cars, children, ailing relatives, and/or pets - time is always an issue.*Time is built into jobs and career paths in ways that make continuous full-time (40 or typically more hours a week) paid work a fact of life in American society. *The multiple strands of life—career, family and personal—unfold over time. Spouses move through their life courses in tandem, with early choices - to have children or not, to work long hours or not, to switch jobs or not, to relocate for his or her career or not—all having long-term consequences for life quality and for gender inequality.The evidence from this book suggests that it is about time for the United States to confront the realities and needs of contemporary working couples and indeed, all members of the new workforce. To do so requires more than Band-Aid, short-term (and often short-sighted) policy remedies. It's about Time argues that it is essential to re-imagine and reconfigure work hours, workweeks, and occupational career paths in ways that address the widening gaps between the time needs and goals of workers and their families, at all ages and stages of the life course.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801488375
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
Pt. 1Time Strategies
2Time Clocks: Work-Hour Strategies17
3Competing Clocks: Work and Leisure35
4Family Clocks: Timing Parenthood49
5Commuting Clocks: Journey to Work60
6Career Clocks: Forked Roads80
Pt. 2Strains, Successes, and Subjective Assessments
7Spillover101
8Well-Being122
9Success133
10Managing Households153
11Turning Points in Work Careers168
12Prioritizing Careers183
Pt. 3Community, Organizational, and Policy Contexts
13Sunday Morning Rush Hour203
14The New Technology Climate220
15Alternative Employment Arrangements242
16Moving toward Retirement259
17The Case of Same-Sex Couples275
18Institutionalizing Family-Friendly Policies288
19Work-Life Integration: Challenges and Organizational Responses310
Epilogue: Toward a Policy Agenda333
AppMethodological Notes on The Cornell Couples and Careers Study339
Notes365
References389
Contributors417
Index423

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