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It's about Time
Couples and Careers
Phyllis Moen (Editor)


Paper, 2003 ISBN: 978-0-8014-8837-5
$ 24.95   £18.95

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 It's about Time examines this mismatch between outdated scripts and the experiences of dual-earner couples.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of occupational and family career strategies couples use in light of the widening gap between their real lives and the outdated work-hour and career-path roles, rules, and regulations they confront.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. Contributors: Kristine Altucher, Rosemary Batt, Penny Edgell Becker, Noelle Chesley, Marin Clarkberg, Steven Cornelius, Emma Dentinger, Francille Firebaugh, Shin-Kap Han, Ramona Heck, Heather Hofmeister, Robert Hutchens, Allison Kavey, Jungmeen Kim, Janet Marler, Stacey Merola, George Milkovich, Hyunjoo Min, Steven Mock, Phyllis Moen, Robert Orrange, Joy Pixley, Patricia Roehling, Richard Shore, Mary Still, David Strang, Stephen Sweet, Pamela Tolbert, P. Monique Valcour, Ronit Waismel-Manor, Elaine Wethington, Lindy Williams, and Sonya Williams

About the Author
Phyllis Moen is the Ferris Family Professor of Life Course Studies at Cornell University, where she also serves as Professor of Human Development and of Sociology, and was founding Director of the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center. She has accepted a McKnight Presidential Chair in Sociology at the University of Minnesota for the fall of 2003. Her many books include A Nation Divided: Diversity, Inequality, and Community in American Society, also published by Cornell University Press.

Subject Areas
Economics & Finance
Sociology of Work