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

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

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by John de Graff, David Korten, Vicki Robin
 

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ISBN-10: 1576752453

ISBN-13: 9781576752456

Pub. Date: 07/10/2003

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

The typical American worker puts in nine weeks more on the job than his or her European counterpart. The costs of this overwork are enormous, both personally and societally. This bracing collection of essays is both a wide-ranging analysis of the phenomenon and a blueprint for change. With contributions by such notable names as Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or

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The typical American worker puts in nine weeks more on the job than his or her European counterpart. The costs of this overwork are enormous, both personally and societally. This bracing collection of essays is both a wide-ranging analysis of the phenomenon and a blueprint for change. With contributions by such notable names as Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life, and David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World, this book shows what ordinary citizens can do to restore balance to themselves and their communities. Take Back Your Time is the official handbook for Take Back Your Time Day, a national event rallying support for reclaiming a proper work-life balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576752456
Publisher:
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/10/2003
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
1,268,423
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................vii
Introduction....................1
Part One: Overwork in America....................5
1 The (Even More) Overworked American Juliet Schor....................6
2 An Issue for Everybody Barbara Brandt....................12
3 The Incredible Shrinking Vacation Joe Robinson....................20
4 Forced Overtime in the Land of the Free Lonnie Golden....................28
Part Two: Time is a Family Value....................37
5 Overscheduled Kids, Underconnected Families William Doherty and Barbara Carlson....................38
6 Recapturing Childhood Betsy Taylor....................46
7 What about Fluffy and Fido? Camilla H. Fox....................52
Part Three: The Cost to Civil Society....................57
8 Wasted Work, Wasted Time Jonathan Rowe....................58
9 Time to be a Citizen Paul Loeb....................66
10 Time and Crime Charles Reasons....................72
Part Four: Health Hazards....................77
11 An Hour a Day (Could Keep the Doctor Away) Suzanne Schweikert....................78
12 The (Bigger) Picture of Health Stephen Bezruchka....................84
Part Five: Environmental Consequences....................91
13 Haste Makes Waste David Wann....................92
14 The Speed Trap Robert Bernstein....................100
15 On Time....................Happiness Part Six: Historical and Cultural Perspectives....................113
16 When We Had the Time Benjamin Hunnicutt....................114
17 Can America Learn from Shabbat? Rabbi Arthur Waskow....................123
Part Seven: Taking Back Your Time....................133
18 Enough—the Time Cost of Stuff Vicki Robin....................134
19 The Simple Solution Cecile Andrews....................139
Part Eight: Workplace Solutions....................145
20 Jobs to Share Carol Ostrom....................146
21 A New Bottom Line Irene Myers....................Larry Gaffin, and Barbara Schramm 22 Working Retired Beverly Goldberg....................160
23 A Case for Sabbaticals Bob Sessions and Lori Erickson....................167
24 America Needs a Break Karen Nussbaum, Christine Owens, and Carol Eickert....................172
25 It Would be Good for Business Too Sharon Lobel....................178
Part Nine: Rethinking Patterns of Culture....................185
26 Recipes for Relief Anna Lappé....................186
27 Time by Design Linda Breen Pierce....................193
Part Ten: Changing Public Policy....................201
28 Europe's Work-Time Alternatives Anders Hayden....................202
29 A Policy Agenda for Taking Back Time Jerome Segal....................211
30 What's an Economy For? David Korten....................219
Appendices....................227
A. Organizing Take Back Your Time Day in Your Community Sean Sheehan....................228
B. Teach-Ins and Study Circles Cecile Andrews....................237
C. How to Pitch (not Place) a Story Eric Brown....................243
References....................249
Index....................255
About the Authors....................265
Art Credits....................269

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Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had the pleasure of working with John De Graaf through the Take Back Your Time movement and other related items. This book is very good and I think we as Americans need to look at what is truly important in life and start creating a work/life balance. We are overworked as a society and it is time to take back our time. Chris Ortiz, author, 40+: Overtime Under Poor Leadership
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice pimer for those just thinking about simplicity or old hands at it awhile. Numerous essays that are succinct, yet full of info.