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Families at Work
Expanding the Bounds
Edited by Naomi Gerstel
Edited by Dan Clawson
Edited by Robert Zussman
Author BioNaomi Gerstel is professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is an editor of the ASA Rose Series in Social Policy.
Dan Clawson is professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is an editor of the ASA Rose Series in Social Policy.
Robert Zussman is professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is an editor of the ASA Rose Series in Social Policy.
Main DescriptionWhat is the relationship between work and family in a world where employment creates endless tensions for families and families create endless tensions for the workplace? This collection of reprinted and original articles broadens this discussion by addressing issues from the perspectives of often neglected populations: from white middle-class women with young children to people of color, to poor families, to the new sorts of families gays and lesbians are struggling to construct, to fathers, to older children.
To discuss work and family is also to discuss gender. Ranging from California's Silicon Valley to a remote fishing village in the northeast, part one shows how new work arrangements have created new expectations for what it means to be a woman or a man, and how slow and uneven the pace of change can be. Nowhere are the tensions of work and family more potent than around childcare. Part two takes up these tensions, showing how various "solutions" to caring for children of all ages (whether infants or teenagers) create new problems. Parts three and four turn outward to show how the new relationships between families and work are changing the relationships between families and the communities in which they live and generating new social policy dilemmas.
Reviews. . . vivid portrayals of the lived experience of workers in these different contexts. On their own, many are exceptionally compelling narratives. As a whole, the collection is of a consistently high standard and relevance to the book's objects.
--Labour & Industry
Table of ContentsPart I: Family Labor and the Construction of Gender
1. Being the "Go-To Guy": Fatherhood, Masculinity, and the Organization of Work in Silicon Valley
2. My Wife Can Tell Me Who I Know: Methodological and Conceptual Problems in Studying Fathers
3. Constructing Gender and Occupational Segregation: Women and Work in Fishing Communities
Carrie L. Yodanis
4. Domesticity and the Political Economy of Lesbigay Families
Part II: Employment and the Care of Children
5. Halving It All: The Mother and Mr. Mom
6. I'm Here, but I'm There: The Meanings of Transnational Motherhood
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Ernestine Avila
7. Using Kin for Childcare: Embedment in the Socioeconomic Networks of Extended Families
8. Work-Family Issues of Mothers of Teenage Children
Part III: Family, Community, and Social Context
9. Black Picket Fences: Growing Up in Groveland
10. Single Mothers and Social Support: The Commitment to, and Retreat from, Reciprocity
Margaret K. Nelson
11. The Third Shift: Gender and Care Work Outside the Home
12. Producing Family Time: Practices of Leisure Activity Beyond the Home
Marjorie L. DeVault
Part IV: Policy, Politics, and Working Families
13. Challenges for Studying Care after AFDC
14. Living with Violence: Women's Reliance on Abusive Men in Their Transitions from Welfare to Work
Ellen K. Scott, Andrew S. London, and Nancy A. Myers
15. Unions' Responses to Family Concerns
Naomi Gerstel and Dan Clawson
16. The Contradictory Effects of Work and Family on Political Activism
Rebecca E. Klatch